Ella Jeffery is a poet, editor and critic. Her debut book of poems, Dead Bolt, won the Puncher & Wattmann Prize for a First Book of Poems and the Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. Her poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Griffith Review, Island and Southerly, and has won and been highly commended in a number of national prizes and awards, including the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award, the June Shenfield Poetry Prize, the Fair Australia Prize and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship, the Mick Dark Fellowship for Environmental Writing, and the Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award. She holds a PhD in contemporary Australian poetry and lives in Brisbane, where she teaches creative writing.