DR Amanda Johnson

DR Amanda Johnson


  • Poetry and Poetics and Contemporary Eco-fiction (Postcolonial Studies, ecocriticism and creative writing)



  • A. Frances Johnson is a prize-winning poet, author and artist and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne where she teaches Poetry and Poetics, and Contemporary Eco-fictions. Rendition for Harp & Kalashnikov is her third book of poetry (Puncher and Wattman 2017). The Wind-up Birdman of Moorabool Street (Puncher and Wattmann) won the 2012 Michel Wesley Wright Prize. In 2015, she won the Griffith University-Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize and, in 2017, received an Australia Council residency (B. R. Whiting Studio) in Rome. A postcolonial novel, Eugene’s Falls (Arcadia 2007), retraces the Victorian journeys of colonial painter Eugene von Guerard and two associated solo exhibitions interrogate the construction of knowledge discourse around colonial landscape, agriculture and botany (Geelong Gallery 2010, 2015).   


Member of

  • Whitmore Press. Associate Editor, Judge of Annual Poetry Manuscript Prize 2010 - 2018
  • Michel Wesley Wright Prize for Poetry. Judge 2011
  • UoM Penguin Manuscript Prize. Chair and Co-Judge 2010
  • Strange Literary Journal. Editorial Advisory Board 2008 - 2010
  • Here Theatre Company. Founding Member and Associate 2002 - 2010
  • Meanjin Literary Journal. Editorial Advisory Board 2003 - 2007
  • Melbourne University Theatre Board. Member 2005 - 2006


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Australia Council for the Arts 2005, 2016   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • MA, University of Melbourne 2003
  • MFA, Victorian College of the Arts 1995
  • BA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1992
  • BA(hons), University of Melbourne 1983

Awards and honors

  • Josephine Ulrick - Griffith University Poetry Prize, Griffith University, 2015
  • Michel Wesley Wright Prize for a Poetry Manuscript, 2012



Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • Research supervisions

    Shari Kocher            PhD
    Hayley Singer           PhD
    Rebecca Croser       PhD
    Bella Li                     PhD
    Gabriella Coslovich  Masters by Research
    Benjamin Kunkler     PhD
    Gabrielle Ryan, Minor thesis


    Laura McKay, Masters by Research