Jennifer Kornberger

Jennifer Kornberger is a writer, artist and poet based in Fremantle, Western Australia. Her practice spans publication, performance and installation works, film poetry and collaborations with artists in public art work. Her longer cycles of poetry have been shortlisted in the prestigious Newcastle Poetry Prize on three occasions, with a commendation in 2014. Jennifer won the 2016 Tom Collins Poetry Prize and was guest poet at The 2016 Perth Poetry Festival. Jennifer involves groups of poets in spoken word installations designed as therapy for civilisation. The installation Forest of Poets featured in the 2016 Perth Poetry Festival, and Oraculum was conceived as a poetic ritual to renew time. She is currently co-director of The Writing Connection working internationally with emerging writers. on themes of imagination and the new myth.


Publications, Prizes and Grants


2002 Shortlisted for Newcastle Poetry Prize

2002 Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology, Unfamiliar Tides

2005 Blue Dog Australian Poetry, Vol. 4, No. 7

2006 Blue Dog Australian Poetry Vol. 5, Nos. 9 & 10

2007 Second Prize and highly commended in Tom Collins Poetry Prize

2007 WA Anthology, The Weighing of the Heart

2007 Poetry collection I could be rain published by Sunline Press WA

2010 Recipient of Australia Council Literature Board Grant to develop new work

         involving mentorship at the Goetheanum Institute in Basel

2013 Film Poem The Lower Lands, collaboration with artist Holly Story

2014 Shortlisted and Commended Entry in Newcastle Poetry Prize

2014 Cuttlefish Journal

2015 Recipient of WA Department of Culture and Arts Grant

2016 Winner of Tom Collins Poetry Prize

2016 Finalist in Newcastle Poetry Prize

2017 Longlisted in Ron Pretty Australian Poetry Prize


Selected Poetry Performances, Installations and Word Art Commissions


2007 I could be rain, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA

2010 Poetry reading at Centre for Science and Art, Stroud, UK

2010 Dome readings, Threefold Institute, Spring Valley, New York

2011 Guest poet at Voicebox, Fremantle WA

2013 Guest poet at Perth Poetry Club, Northbridge WA

2013 The Lower Lands: Poetry performance and film poem exhibition with artist Holly Story at Heathcote Gallery

2014 Tides of Change Performance for National Trust Heritage Festival Spoken 2014 Word in Landscape    

2014 Word in Landscape Binabup- place of light performance for National Museums Day

2014 Scenes from an Unseen World - a ritual for place, Bibra Lake WA

2015 Forest of Poets Installation at Northbridge, Perth Poetry Festival event

2015 Oraculum a large-scale poetry installation conceived as a ritual to renew time

2016 Fata Morgana performance for group exhibition PS Art Space Fremantle

2016 Collaboration with The Welcome Collective: word installation at PS Art Space

2016 Guest Poet at 2016 Perth Poetry Festival

2016 Commissioned by artists Tom Muller and Ariane Palassis to provide poetry for public art work for Fremantle City

2016 The Delphi Project: Collaborative event in Greece with Horst Kornberger and emerging writers

2017 Co- director of Silence Speaks: Creative Dissent Project with Rethink the Link