JAYA SAVIGE is an Australian author and academic living in London. He was born in Sydney and grew up on Bribie Island, Queensland, where he wrote his first volume of poetry, Latecomers (UQP 2005), which won the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize and shortlisted for several other national Australian awards. His second collection, Surface to Air (UQP 2011), was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year and the West Australian Premier’s Prize. Jaya’s poems have been anthologised in The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, Thirty Australian Poets and in eight volumes of The Best Australian Poems (Black Inc. 2008-14, 2016). His most recent collection is a chapbook, Maze Bright (2014).
Jaya is a Lecturer in English at the New College of the Humanities in Bloomsbury, London, and the Poetry Editor of The Australian newspaper. He received a Gates Scholarship to read for his PhD at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge (2009-13), where he wrote on James Joyce. He has written for The Australian, Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Sydney Morning Herald and The Courier-Mail. Jaya has given readings by invitation in Sydney, London, Cambridge, New York, Berlin, Prague, Verona, Bali and throughout Australia. He has been a recipient of a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for Poetry (2008-09) and a Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Artist Fellowship (2008). He was a 2014 Australia Council writer in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.