Staff profile - Ann Vickery

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Dr Ann Vickery

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43960 +61 3 924 43960



Ann Vickery is the author of Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing (Wesleyan UP, 2000) and Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women's Poetry (Salt, 2007), and co-author with Maryanne Dever and Sally Newman of The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers (National Library of Australia, 2009). She co-edited Manifesting Australian Literary Feminisms with Margaret Henderson (Australian Literary Studies, 2009) and Poetry and the Trace (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013) with John Hawke. In 2013, she edited a special issue, "Masque," of Cordite Poetry Review and co-edited "The Political Imagination: Contemporary Postcolonial and Diasporic Australian Poetries" issue of Southerly with Ali Alizadeh.  She was a founding member of the Australian Modernist Studies Network and co-edited the "New Feelings: Modernism, Intimacy, and Emotion" issue of Affirmations: of the Modern with Lorraine Sim (2014). She has been editor-in-chief of HOW2 and is a managing editor of Journal of Poetics Research.  She is also poetry editor for Puncher & Wattmann.  Her first poetry collection, The Complete Pocketbook of Swoon, is forthcoming from Vagabond in November 2014.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law, University of Melbourne, 2015


Australian Modernist Studies Network founding member
HOW2 founding member and editor-in-chief (2001-2002)
Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Modernist Studies Association
Australian Women and Gender Studies Association

Professional activities

> Managing editor, Journal of Poetics Research

> Poetry editor, Puncher and Wattmann

> Editorial Advisory board member, Rabbit

> Editorial Advisory board member, Zone

> Editorial Advisory board member, Cordite Scholarly


Teaching Interests

ALL202 Writing Modern Worlds
ALL201 Love, Death, and Poetry
ALL727 Contemporary Poetry

Conferences and seminars

Conference Convenor

(with Jessica L Wilkinson, Cassandra Atherton, Anna Poletti, and Melinda Harvey), "Women's Writing and Environment," 5th Contemporary Women's Writing conference, 3-5 July 2014, State Library of Victoria.


(with Lorraine Sim) "Modernism, Intimacy and Emotion," Inaugural Modernist Studies Network Symposium, 6-7 February 2012, University of Western Sydney. 

(with Michael Farrell), "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium, 7-10 July 2011, Victorian Trades Hall. With John Hawke and Rose Lucas. "Poetry and the Trace: An International Conference," 13-16 July 2009, State Library of Victoria.

(with Margaret Henderson). "Manifesting Literary Feminisms: Drafts, Grafts, Nexus and Faultlines," 13-14 December 2007, Monash University.

(with John Hawke and Rose Lucas), "Poetry and the Trace," July 2008, Monash University.


Awards and prizes

I have been a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, a Monash Fellow, and a Macquarie University Fellow. My book, Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Womens Poetry (2007) was shortlisted for the Walter McRae Russell Award in 2009 and the NSW Premiers Prize for Literary Scholarship in 2008. I have also had poetry manuscripts shorted listed for the biennial Helen Bell Bequest Award and the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize.


Research projects

I am completing a study of the interaction between (predominantly women) writers and artists associated with the New York School from the mid 40s to mid 60s. I am also in the formative stages of mapping and theorizing the production, dissemination, and reception of Australian poetry from 1965 onwards. Lastly, I am developing a project that considers Australian modernist work through a transnational lens but beyond overt itineraries of influence.

Research interests

I am interested in supervising in the areas of poetry and poetics, modernism, Australian literature, feminist literary studies, theories of literary formation (collaboration, coterie, community, and network), literary archives, mid to late nineteenth and twentieth-century women's writing, and cross-disciplinary creative partnerships.

I have supervised Masters and PhD theses in the following areas: 19th and 20th century Australian poetry, 20th century American poetry, 20th century British women's poetry, Australian modernism and the novel, Gothic women's writing, cyberpunk and the posthuman, representations of disability in children's literature, representations of transgender in children's literature, and post-2011 novel and trauma.

Research page




• Vickery, Ann, The Complete Pocketbook of Swoon. Vagabond Press, forthcoming 2014.

• Vickery, Ann, Maryanne Dever, and Sally Newman. The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2009).

• Vickery, Ann. Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry (Cambridge, UK: Salt, 2007). 

• Vickery, Ann. Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing (Hanover and London: Wesleyan UP, 2000).


• Alizadeh, Ali and Ann Vickery, eds. “The Political Imagination: Postcolonial and Diasporic Contemporary Poetries,” special issue of Southerly 73.1 (2013).

• Sim, Lorraine and Ann Vickery, eds. “Modernism, Intimacy, and Emotion,” special issue of Affirmations: Of the Modern 1.2 (2014).

• Vickery, Ann and John Hawke, eds. Poetry and the Trace. (Glebe: Puncher & Wattmann, 2013).

• Vickery, Ann, and Margaret Henderson, eds. Manifesting Australian Literary Feminisms: Nexus & Faultlines (Ipswich: Australian Literary Studies, 2009). Also published as a special issue of Australian Literary Studies 24.3-4 (2009).

• Vickery, Ann. “Kind of, In Kind: The Politics of Circulating Feeling in the Writing of Juliana Spahr,” Axon: Creative Explorations 4 (forthcoming 2014).

• Sim, Lorraine and Ann Vickery, “New Feelings: Modernism, Intimacy, and Emotion,” Affirmations: Of the Modern 1.2 (2014): 1-14.

• Vickery, Ann and Ali Alizadeh, “The Political Imagination: Postcolonialism and Diaspora in Contemporary Australian Poetry,” Southerly 73.1 (2013): 7-21.

• Vickery, Ann, Maryanne Dever and Sally Newman. “The Intimate Archive,” Archives and Manuscripts 38.1 (2010):94-137.

• Vickery, Ann. “An Uncanny Vernacular: Comparing the Radical Modernisms of Lorine Niedecker and Lesbia Harford,” Hecate 35.1-2 (2009):77-93.

• Vickery, Ann and Margaret Henderson. “Manifesting Australian Literary Feminisms,” Australian Literary Studies 24.3-4 (2009): 1-19.


* Vickery, Ann. “In/Complete: Locating Origins of the Poet in Jennifer Moxley’s In Memoriams to Helena Bennett,” Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry. Ed. Anne Dewey and Libbie Rifkin. Iowa City: U of Iowa Press, 2013.

• Vickery, Ann. “Anthologies and the Anti-Republic of Australian Gay and Lesbian Poetry,” Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, ed. Robert Dixon and Peter Kirkpatrick. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2012. 257-66.

• Vickery, Ann. “Bourdieu at Balmain, or a Few Field Notes on John Tranter and Contemporary Australian Poetry,” The John Tranter Companion, ed. Rod Mengham. Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2010. 116-39.

• Vickery, Ann. “Lesbia Harford,” “Anna Wickham,” “Ricketty Kate,” Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2009.


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