Andy Jackson is a poet and essayist, currently living in Castlemaine, unceded Dja Dja Wurrung country.
His first published book of poems, Among the Regulars, was shortlisted for the 2011 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, and his most recent collection, Music Our Bodies Can't Hold, which consists of portrait poems of other people with Marfan Syndrome, was shortlisted for the 2020 John Bray Poetry Award.
Andy completed the Professional Writing & Editing at RMIT in 2007. His Creative Writing PhD thesis Disabling Poetics: Bodily Otherness & the Saying of Poetry won a Doctoral Research Medal from the University of Adelaide in 2019.
He has co-edited disability-themed issues of the literary journals Southerly and Australian Poetry Journal, and he has been a creative writing teacher and tutor for community organisations and universities.
Andy has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and across Australia, including Melbourne Writers Festival, Castlemaine State Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival and on ABC Radio National.
Andy teaches poetry in our Associate Degree.