Jessica L. Wilkinson has published three poetic biographies, Marionette: A Biography of Miss Marion Davies (Vagabond 2012), Suite for Percy Grainger (Vagabond 2014) and Music Made Visible: A Biography of George Balanchine (Vagabond 2019). Jessica is the founding editor of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry and the offshoot Rabbit Poets Series of single-author collections. She co-edited the anthologies Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (Hunter Publishers, 2016) and Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians in Poetry and Watercolours (Hunter Publishers, 2021), and is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne.
All essays by Jessica Wilkinson
How Poems Make Things Happen
Can poetry make things happen? Can poetry bring about change? Does it hold that power? In the wake of the heaving 2020 chronicle of civil rights protests, a global pandemic and environmental disasters, what role can poetry play towards a recovering world?
- Rabbit 30 – The Long Poem (II) (within Australia) by Jessica Wilkinson (ed.) Published June, 2020
What is Nonfiction Poetry? Reflecting on Rabbit’s 30 issues
Poetry, I had surmised, could do so many amazing things for nonfiction – technically, stylistically, spatially. Why couldn’t it be recognised as a valuable mode to challenge and expand nonfiction?
by Elizabeth Allen
Published August, 2017
by Fiona Wright
Published November, 2017
by Kate Middleton
Published September, 2017