Photo © Jaya Savige, 2019

Born in Sydney 1978 to an Indonesian father and an Anglo-Celtic Australian mother, Jaya grew up on Bribie Island in Moreton Bay, and in Brisbane / Meanjin, Queensland. After quitting Law at university he won the University Medal for a first-class BA, and gained an MPhil from the University of Queensland. He received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to read for a PhD in English at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. From 2013-2021 he was Assistant Professor of English and Head of Creative Writing at Northeastern University, London, and is still recovering. Jaya recently wrote the final two chapters of the Cambridge History of Australian Poetry (2024).

Jaya’s first poetry collection, latecomers (UQP 2005), won the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was Highly Commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize and shortlisted for several other awards. His second volume, Surface to Air (UQP 2011), was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year and the West Australian Premier’s Prize. 

Poems of Jaya’s can be found in The Penguin Anthology of Australian PoetryPoetry International, Contemporary Australian Poetry, Thirty Australian Poets and in nine editions of the annual Best Australian Poems, and in magazines and journals such as Poetry Review, London Magazine and PN Review (UK), Kenyon Review, Jacket2, POETRY (Chicago) and Poetry Daily (USA), Poesia (Italy) and throughout Australia in Cordite Review, Marrickville Pause, Meanjin, Overland, Rabbit, Southerly, Stilts and more. He has given given readings in Bali, Berlin, Brisbane, Cambridge, Düsseldorf, London, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Prague, Turin, Sydney and Verona. He has been the recipient of a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for Poetry, a Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Artist Fellowship, and of Creative Australia writing residencies at the B.R. Whiting Library Studio, Rome, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

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