Anne Collins, writer, editor, tutor, Tasmania
Anthologies, Journals and Newspapers

Individual works of poetry and prose have been published in anthologies, journals and newspapers from 1987 -2009 in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Singapore.

Anthologies

Versions , A Net of  Hands,  Poet-Tree, Blue Dog , Keeping Time, First Refuge, Writing to the Wire, Mountain Secrets.

Journals and newspapers

Refractory Girl,  Hecate’s Australian Women’s Book Review, Journal of Online Education, Famous Reporter, Australian  Multicultural Book Review, Tamba, Takahe, The Write Stuff,  Australian Stories.com, RePublic readings, Island, The Poets Republic, Blue Giraffe, The Age,  Southern Ocean Review,  Prospect, Stylus, The Tasmania Times, Soft Blow, Communion, Social Alternatives, Right Now,  Tulpa.

Creative Non-fiction and Essays

1. San Francisco, creative non-fiction published in Famous Reporter 15, 1997.

2. A Balance of Interests, essay published in Social Alternatives, vol 17, no. 4, 1998.

3. This Writing Life, essay published in Hecate’s Australian Women’s Book Review,vol 10, 1998

4. Mardi Gras, article published in Pink Thylacines, 1998.

5. The Quiet in the Noise, essay published in Journal of Online New York University, 2002.

6. An Interview with Anne Collins by Ralph Wessman in Famous Reporter, June 2002.

7. Peace of Mind, short non-fiction piece published in Famous Reporter, July, 2003.

8. Marion Bay, lyrical essay published in Famous Reporter, December, 2006.

9. Yarns of the Fifties exhibition booklet written to accompany The Knitting Room exhibition as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival, 2013.

10. Lines of Vision, lyrical essay published in Southern Ocean Review, 2008.

11. Blue Giraffe 6 – Launch Speech published on The Write Stuff website 2007 and in Famous Reporter, 2008.

12. Quinta das Lagrimas, creative non-fiction, (long listed for the 2008 Australian Book Review Calibre Essay prize).

13. My Friends, This Landscape, a landscape memoir: a collection of creative non-fiction and poetry set in Tasmania, (Ginninderra Press) April 2011.

14. This is My Doll Annette, story and photo for Exhibition at Moonah Arts Centre, 2012.

15. Eating New Orleans in Keeping Time, Megan Schaffner (ed), FAW Tas Inc, 2014.

16. Flights of fancy and a writer’s imagination in Tulpa magazine (online), January 2019.

Cross-arts Collaborations

These works were presented as part of joint projects with other artists.

Evening Street poetry/sculpture collaboration with ceramicist Suzi Tyson, exhibited at the National Poetry Day Cross-Arts Exhibition, Hobart 2002.

Night Queen a libretto written in collaboration with composer Rosemary Austen, performed at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, May 2003.

Features of Stillness in collaboration with painter Marianne Stafford exhibited at the Endangered exhibition, Hobart 2008.

How to Belong a narrated poem presented at the Stories in September festival, State Cinema, Hobart 2018.

Reviews

1. Social Alternatives, in Famous Reporter 14, 1996.

2. Island # 69 in Famous Reporter, 15, 1997.

3. Island, Siglo, in Famous Reporter, 16, 1997.

4. Hecate, in Famous Reporter, 17, 1998.

5. The Way We Live Now, in Famous Reporter, 18, 1998.

6. Sapphos Dreams and Delights in Famous Reporter 25, 2002.

7. Too Much Happens in Famous Reporter 27, July 2003.

8. Madge’s People in Famous Reporter 30, December 2004.

9. Blast in Famous Reporter, 2009.

10. The View from Here in Five Bells journal, 2010.

Readings and Performances

Anne has read her work at a variety of venues in Tasmania, in many instances as guest reader. This includes the Republic Poetry Readings, the Hobart Bookshop, The Hamilton Literary Society, FM radio, Magnolia Cafe, the Launceston Poetry Festival’s open mike readings, Chadõ The Way of Tea, The Salamanca Collection Gallery, Ginninderra Press literary festival Adelaide 2011, Fullers Bookshop and the Seasonal Poets readings at Hadley’s hotel. Anne was also guest reader at the Community Festival for Peace, Launceston 2015 and the Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2015. Anne read poetry in English and Spanish as part of a performance of music and poetry at Moonah Arts Centre Hobart titled: An Evening in Andalucia with Paul Gerard, Peter Hay, Karen Knight and Jules Witek, in April 2016. Anne was a guest reader at the Launceston Peace Festival Poetry Session, July 2016 and guest reader at Tasmanian Writers Festival in 2011 and 2017,

Awards

Anne does not often enter her work into competitions but sometimes when she has done so she has been fortunate to achieve these awards: Highly Commended in the Shoalhaven Literary Award 2010 for the poem By the Way; Highly commended in the King Island Literary Award 2007 for the poem At Bicheno; first prize in the National FAW awards 2006 for the manuscript Seasoned with Honey a four-poet collection (with Lyn Reeves, Mary Jenkins and Gina Mercer); and Long-listed in the ABR Calibre Essay prize 2008 for the creative non-fiction piece Quinta as Lagrimas.

Grants, Residencies and Workshops

2003: Writer’s Grant for travelling costs from Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.

2005: Writer-in-Residence at Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

2005: Writers’ Workshop: Moonah – A Sense of Place.

2006: Writers’ Workshops: Days of Our Lives : The Diary as a Source of Creativity
Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart, March 2006 and Rosny Library, Hobart, July
2006.

2006: Writer-in-Residence: Living Writers Week Arts@Work Grant – Writers in
Schools Project: Poetry Discovery at Lansdowne Crescent Primary School,
Hobart.

2009: Australian Poetry Centre Café Poet in Residence at Chadõ The Way of Tea,
Hobart.

2010: Writer’s Grant from Arts Tasmania to employ an editor to work on the verse-
narrative The Language of Water.

Writers’ Grant from Regional Arts Tasmania to prepare the above manuscript for editing.

2016: Grant from Regional Arts Tasmania to work on some new
poems and prose pieces with a Spanish theme.

Competition Judging

The FAW Margaret Giordano award for Non-fiction – 2004 and 2007
The Eve Masterman Poetry Prize – 2008 and 2010
King Island Award – 2010
Barney Roberts Non-fiction Award, 2012 and 2016
Norma & Colin Knight Poetry Award 2018

Seasonal Poets

Anne is co-curator of the Seasonal Poets readings in Hobart along with Gina Mercer and Irene McGuire. These successful events are now into their fourth year at Hadley’s Hotel in Hobart. They take place quarterly to correspond with the seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The events feature three poets at each reading and enjoy a loyal and enthusiastic following of around 50-plus poetry lovers in the audience. Seasonal Poets is pleased to acknowledge the support of Hadley’s Hotel and TasWriters for these events.

Editing

Anne’s substantial experience as an editor of poetry, non-fiction and factual writing comes from years of working on her  own projects; from providing feedback to other poets and writers; and from being asked to edit other people’s work for publication. For many years Anne ran a professional writing and editing service called Escribo Writing and Research Services where she edited or wrote factual and creative non-fiction works for a variety of organisations in the government, private and NGO sectors; and for individuals who were writing their own books, book chapters and memoirs. Decades of working in the community services NGO sector as well as attendance at editing workshops for creative writers has given Anne the skills to do this work well. She has a keen eye for detail and for what makes a piece of writing flow or drag, and how to improve it.