Author/Editor: Susan Hawthorne

Susan Hawthorne

Susan Hawthorne is the author of two novels, a verse novel, six collections of poetry, two chapbooks and three non-fiction titles. Her poetry collection, Cow (2011) was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Award in the 2012 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards as well as being a finalist in the 2012 Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Award (USA). Earth’s Breath was shortlisted for the 2010 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She has been the recipient of two international residencies: in 2013 from the Australia Council for the Arts for six months to write Lupa and Lamb, the BR Whiting Library in Rome; and in 2009 a four month residency for Arts Queensland and the Australia Council to Chennai, India to write Cow. Her work has been published in Australia and internationally in anthologies and literary magazines, in the annual Best Australian Poems (three times) and broadcast on Radio National Poetica (twice).

Her fiction includes Dark Matters: A novel (2017) a verse novel, Limen (2013) The Falling Woman (1992) which was a Top Twenty Title in New Zealand's Listener Women’s Book Festival and selected as one of the Year’s Best Books in The Australian.

Her non-fiction includes The Spinifex Quiz Book (1993) shortlisted in the Australian Educational Awards and Wild Politics(2002) selected as one of the Year’s Best Books in the Australian Book Review. Her most recent non-fiction book is Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing (2014) which has been translated into Arabic, French, German and Spanish.

Susan is the winner of the Penguin Random House Best Achievement in Writing, 2017 Inspire Award for her work as an outstanding lifetime contributor to increasing people's awareness of disability. In 2015 she received the George Robertson Award for her services to the publishing industry. In 1996 she won the Hall of Fame Award in The Rainbow Awards for contribution to the Gay and Lesbian Community. She is also a publisher and Adjunct Professor in the Writing Program at James Cook University, Townsville.



09 Nov 2014 Untamed Women Versus Imperial Roman Patriarchy at 35 Whalley Street Northcote

Susan shares new poems—drawing on the mythic archives about wolves and sheep—from her book Lupa and Lamb.
Max shows her visual talk on how Goddess cultures of... more
09 Nov 2014 Untamed Women Versus Imperial Roman Patriarchy at 35 Whalley Street Northcote

November 9 Time: 8PM
Susan shares new poems—drawing on the mythic archives about wolves and sheep—from her book Lupa and Lamb.
Max shows her visual talk on how... more
01 Sep 2014 Spinifex authors to read at the launch of Plumwood Mountain Journal at Ceres environment park, Lee St. Brunswick, Victoria
Spinifex authors, Susan Hawthorne, Patricia Sykes and Louise Crisp will read at the launch of Plumwood Mountain journal

01 Sep 2014 Spinifex authors at the launch of Plumwood Mountain journal at Ceres environment park
Susan Hawthorne, Patricia Sykes and Louise Crisp will be reading at the launch of the Plumwood Mountain Journal at Ceres Environment Park on March 9
Lee St, Brunswick.

30 Jul 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival

It's nearly that glorious time of year again - when the City of Literature rolls out the Melbourne Writers Festival

There are plenty of Spinifex authors in ... more
16 Nov 2011 Classical Reception Scholars Conference at University of Melbourne
Friday December 2: Susan Hawthorne is reading from her poetry collection Cow and giving a paper in the session immediately following

WHERE: 1888 building at t... more
15 Aug 2011 Indian Banquet and Poetry Reading Evening
ELTHAM bookshop and Machan Restaurant graciously invite you to celebrate India’s Independence Day with a fine Indian Daawat (banquet) & Poetry by Susan Ha... more
21 Apr 2011 Susan Hawthorne, feature author at the Riverina Poetry Caper

Susan Hawthorne will host a dinner talk, The Poetry of Language and a workshop, Writing the Landscape over the Easter long weekend poetry festival. Other po... more

29 Mar 2011 Susan Hawthorne's latest collection, Cow: launch and poetry reading

Susan Hawthorne's playful, mythological and erudite collection, Cow, will be launched by berni janssen at Collected Works, Tuesday March 29, 6 for 6.30pm. No... more

17 Feb 2011 Susan Hawthorne visiting New Zealand in March

Pat Rosier, former editor of Broadsheet and author, will launch Susan Hawthorne's upcoming poetry collection, Cow in March. Susan is travelling to New Zealan... more

27 Aug 2010 Queensland Poetry at Brisbane

Susan Hawthorne will be performing at the Queensland Poetry Festival this year. The festival runs from 27-29 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporar... more

31 Mar 2011 Cow in the media

The Weekend Post (Cairns) interviewed Susan Hawthorne about her recently released poetry collection Cow. Susan had this to say about using the cow as her in... more

05 Oct 2010 Earth's Breath shortlisted for Judith Wright Prize

Congratulations to Susan Hawthorne on the shortlisting of her poetry collection Earth's Breath for the Judith Wright Prize in the ACT Book of the Year Awards.

27 Jul 2010 Blog: a civil war against women

Read Susan Hawthorne's blog about rape in the Congo.

21 Jul 2010 Event: Susan Hawthorne at the Queensland Poetry Festival

Susan Hawthorne will be performing at the Queensland Poetry Festival this year. The festival runs from 27-29 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contempor... more

06 Jul 2010 Susan Hawthorne on Julia Gillard

Susan Hawthorne – political scientist, author, poet and Spinifex director – has written a blog post for the Women's Media Centre about Julia Gillard and her... more

29 Jun 2010 Not that one woman can, but that every woman can

A few news clippings on Australia's first female PM:

Susan Hawthorne has been quoted in the Sunday Age article about the ascension of Julia Gillard, "The fem... more

15 Jun 2010 Blog: A Quit Porn Campaign

Spinifex director Susan Hawthorne reflects on the damaging effects and pervasiveness of porn in contemporary society after attending the Stop Porn Conference in Boston.

11 Jun 2010 Event: Susan Hawthorne in San Francisco

Susan Hawthorne, author of last year's Earth's Breath, will be giving two readings in San Francisco this month.

Solo event at The Sitting Room, 16 June

Su... more

21 May 2010 A literary blogpost

Where eBooks tread, metadata will follow. We've been writing lots of metadata for all of our books recently, and Susan Hawthorne has written a poem about it. You can find it at our blog.

06 May 2010 Event: Pages to Poetry in May

Spinifex author Susan Hawthorne will take part in Readings’ May ‘Pages to Poetry’ event. Highlighting the recently released anthology Out of the Box: Contem... more

18 Mar 2010 Earth's Breath on Poetica

This Saturday 20 March, Susan Hawthorne's book Earth's Breath will be featured on Poetica on Radio National. The show will run at 3pm, and be repeated at 3p... more

09 Feb 2010 "I guess one natural disaster speaks to another."

After reading Earth's Breath, Jordie Albiston reflected on Black Saturday:

"I have spent this morning & yesterday in the grip of Earth's Breath. I have bee... more

02 Dec 2009 Art's Tryst with Nature - Eltham Bookshop

Susan Hawthorne will discusss art and nature with historian and biographer Janine Burke and curator Susan McCulloch at Eltham Bookshop, Thurs 10 December.

W... more

05 Nov 2009 Best Australian Poems 2009

Susan Hawthorne has been featured in this year's The Best Australian Poems 2009, edited by Robert Adamson, and published by Black Inc Books. Susan's poem, "C... more

24 Sep 2009 Susan Hawthorne on Feminist Peace Network

Susan Hawthorne has a new poem featured on the Feminist Peace Network's website. Read the poem on their website here. It is in reaction to the proposed mining of the Liverpool Plains in NSW.

07 Jul 2009 APC Poem of the Month 'Hamish, Australia, 8 March 2009' from Susan Hawthorne's new collection of eco-poetry, Earth's Breath is featured as this month's 'poem of the month' on the ... more
19 May 2009 Underground Talks @ New International Bookshop Susan Hawthorne on 'Activism Makes the World Go Around'
Author, publisher, academic - and activist for 35 years - Susan will reflect on her work around issues... more
28 Apr 2009 Amazon de-ranking of lesbian and gay content

Read Spinifex Press Director Susan Hawthorne's piece on Amazon's de-ranking of content at:

20 May 2009 Dorothy Porter Tribute Reading Susan Hawthorne will be participating in a tribute reading for Dorothy Porter on Thursday 28 May, 6 for 6.30pm at Collected Works. Other readers include: Kri... more

1996 Hall of Fame Award, The Rainbow Awards for contribution to the Gay and Lesbian Community.
1991 Pandora New Venture Award, Women in Publishing International for Spinifex Press.
1989 Florence James Pandora Award for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Publishing.
1988 Barbara Ramsden Award for editing (shared with Jackie Yowell), for work on Stories from the Warm Zone by Jessica Anderson.
Book Awards
Angels of Power: 1991, Australian Feminist Book Fortnight Favourite
Cow: Finalist: Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry (USA)
Cow: Shortlisted: Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, NSW Premier's Literary and History Awards
Earth's Breath:
Earth's Breath: 2010 Shortlisted, Judith Wright Prize
The Falling Woman: 1992, The Australian's Best Books of the Year
The Falling Woman: 1992 Top Twenty Title, Listener Women’s Book Festival (NZ)
The Spinifex Quiz Book: 1993, Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing
Wild Politics: 2002 Australian Book Review, best books

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