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Andy Jackson’s first collection, Among the Regulars, was shortlisted for the 2011 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, and in 2020 his collection Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold was shortlisted for the John Bray Poetry Award. His 2022 collection Human Looking won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry and the ALS Gold Medal, and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and across Australia, and has co-edited disability-themed issues of the literary journals Southerly and Australian Poetry Journal. Andy Jackson works as a creative writing teacher and tutor for community organisations and universities.
Compassion is, and has always been, the distinguishing feature of Andy Jackson’s work…[a compassion which is] hard-won rather than casual; unflinching rather than sentimental.Geoff Page, The Australian