Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster.
Eleanor has that rare gift in poetry – the ability to capture even the rowdiest slam crowd without the aid of histrionics, relying instead on understatement, clarity, and the power of her words. Both in her writing and the way it is performed, this is work of the highest possible calibre.
– Geoff Lemon, Editor, Going Down Swinging
A regular guest at Australian literary and arts festivals, Eleanor has been described as capable of creating, “powerful quiet”.
Her poetry is published in Overland Journal, Arc Poetry Magazine, Australian Poetry Journal, Bareknuckle Poet Annual Anthology, Going Down Swinging, Peril Magazine, Scum Magazine and the Cordite Poetry Review, FBI’s “All the Best”, RRR’s “Aural Text”, 3CR’s “Spoken Word”, ABC Radio National’s “Night Air” and the online poetry channel, “IndieFeed: Performance Poetry”. 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 live album, One Night Wonders, is available for digital download through Going Down Swinging. Her chapbook, A Leaving, was published by Vagabond Press in 2018.
Eleanor is committed to developing and hosting events and experiences that showcase the diversity of poetic language. She is the producer of the Melbourne Poetry Map, and a former Editor in Chief of Peril Magazine and a Board Member for the Queensland Poetry Festival. She is currently Chair of the Board for Peril Magazine and a Board Member of The Stella Prize.
Eleanor also 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, Domenico Natoli