University of Queensland Press

The University of Queensland Press, established an independent publishing house in 1948, has grown to become one of Australia’s acclaimed literary presses. In the last 35 years, UQP has published many of Australia’s best-known contemporary poets.

UQP’s first poetry title came in 1968 with the publication of Roger McDonald’s first book, Citizens of Mist, followed by Thomas Shapcott’s Inwards to the Sun in 1969. In 1970 UQP launched the Paperback Poets series with three now-iconic titles: David Malouf’s Bicycle and Other Poems, Michael Dransfield’s Streets of the Long Voyage and Rodney Hall’s Heaven, in a Way.

In 2003 Bronwyn Lea became the fifth in a line of UQP poetry editors, beginning with Roger McDonald, Thomas Shapcott, Martin Duwell, and Sue Abbey. Her titles won many awards, with UQP poetry titles winning the coveted Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in four consecutive years. She established the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and The Best Australian Poetry series in 2003.

Bronwyn discusses her appointment as poetry editor at UQP with Stylus Poetry Journal.

Bronwyn Lea’s poetry list as UQP Poetry Editor
(2004-10)

 

2010

tom shapcott, parts of us

2009

felicity plunkett, vanishing point 

Winner: Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, 2008
Commended: FAW Anne Elder Poetry Award, 2009
Shortlist: Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, 2010
2008

sarah holland–batt, aria

Winner: Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, 2007
Winner: Australian Capital Territory Poetry Award, 2009
Winner: FAW Anne Elder Poetry Award, 2009
Shortlist: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, 2009
Shortlist: Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Prize, 2009
Shortlist: ASAL Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry, 2010

anthony lawrence, bark

Shortlist: The Age Book of the Year Award, 2008
Shortlist: Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Prize, 2008

john kinsella, divine comedy

Shortlist: The Age Book of the Year Award, 2009
Shortlist: Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, 2009:
Shortlist: Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, 2008 

david malouf, revolving days: selected poems

david brooks, the balcony

Shortlist: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, 2009 
2007

peter skryznecki, old/new world

kathryn lomer, two kinds of silence

Winner: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, 2008 

david malouf, typewriter music

Winner: Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Prize, 2008
Shortlist: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, 2008
Shortlist: Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, 2008
Shortlist: The Age Book of the Year Award, 2008
Shortlist: Colin Roderick Award, 2007

dimitris tsaloumas, helen of troy and other poems

angela gardner, parts of speech

Winner: Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, 2006
2006

nathan shepherdson, sweeping the light back into the mirror

Winner: Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, 2005
Winner: ASAL Mary Gilmore Award, 2008
Shortlist: FAW Anne Elder Award, 2007 

laurie duggan, the passenger

Winner: Arts QLD Judith Wright Calanthe Poetry Prize, 2007
Shortlist: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2007 

mtc cronin, the flower, the thing

Winner: Victorian Premier’s C J Dennis Poetry Prize, 2005

 john tranter, urban myths: 210 poems

Winner:  John Bray Poetry Prize (Adelaide Festival of Art), 2008
Winner: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2007
Winner: Victorian Premier’s C J Dennis Poetry Prize, 2006
Shortlist: Age Book of the Year, 2006 
2005

alan gould, the past completes me: selected poems 1973–2003

Winner: Grace Leven Poetry Prize, 2005
Shortlist: Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award, 2006
Shortlist: Australian Capital Territory Poetry Award, Judith Wright Award, 2006 

bruce beaver, the long game and other poems

jaya savige, latecomers

Winner: Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, 2004
Winner: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2006
Highly Commended: ASAL Mary Gilmore Award, 2006
Shortlist: Arts QLD Judith Wright Award, 2006
Shortlist: Australian Capital Territory Poetry Award, 2006

lydia cvetkovic, war is not the season for figs

Winner: Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, 2003
Winner: Anne Elder Award, 2004
Shortlist: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2005
Shortlist: NSW Premier’s Community Relations Commission Award, 2005
2004

peter boyle, museum of space

Shortlist: Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Poetry Prize, 2005
 
 
 
 
 

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