Eleanor Jackson is a poet, performer, arts producer and advocate.

Eleanor is the author of Gravidity and Parity, forthcoming from Vagabond Press in 2021.

Her chapbook, A Leaving (2018), is also available from Vagabond Press, while her full-length live album, One Night Wonders, is available through Going Down Swinging

Publications and recordings of her work are widely available, including in Overland JournalArc Poetry MagazineAustralian Poetry JournalGoing Down SwingingPeril MagazineScum Magazine and the Cordite Poetry Review, FBI’s “All the Best”, RRR’s “Aural Text”, 3CR’s “Spoken Word”, and ABC Radio National’s “Night Air”.

Her work has been anthologised in Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Poetry (UQP: 2019); #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement (PanMacMillan: 2019); and is forthcoming in What We Carry: Poetry on Childbearing (Recent Work Press: 2021) and Borderless: A Transnational Anthology of Feminist Poetry (Recent Work Press: 2021).

Her radio play, Agent Ion, was featured as a part of Radiotonic for ABC Radio National, and her short fiction, The Transfer, appeared in Review of Australian Fiction. In 2014-2015, she was Artist in Residence at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane.

Her non-fiction appears in publications such as The Relationship is the Project: Working with Communities (Brow Books: 2020); Dumbo Feather, Meanjin and Women’s Agenda.

A proud Filipino Australian, Eleanor is committed to developing and hosting events and experiences that showcase the diversity of both poetry and its creators. She produces the Melbourne Poetry Map, is Chair of Peril Magazine and an Advisory Board Member for Almaviva Festival, Multicultural Arts Victoria. She has previously been involved in a multitude of community arts festivals and projects as a governance leader, advisor, advocate and programmer, including roles as Editor in Chief of Peril Magazine; Board Member and Program Adviser for the Queensland Poetry Festival; Curator for Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival; Vice-Chair and Diversity Advisory committee of The Stella Prize; and Reference Group Member and Organisational Mentor for Diversity Arts Australia, Fair Play Project.

Eleanor loves creating and sharing stories of community, identity and place and was a long-time host of At the Local on 4zzz fm, profiling local arts, events and community organisations that often pass under the radar of mainstream broadcasting with co-host, and all-round dreamboat, Domenico Natoli. From time to time, she moonlights on 3Way fm’s Absolute Blues with Lonesome George.

Gravidity and Parity pays tribute to the things that are ‘blemished and fundamental.’ Those that cannot be contained by our meagre narratives about pregnancy and motherhood. Nor should they be. A book like this should be read by everyone who was mothered/is mothered/does mothering. By every body that has held another body within it. Or hopes to.”

Dr Natalie Kon-yu, Victoria University