About Jaya Savige

Jaya Savige is a Lecturer in English and Head of Creative Writing at New College of the Humanities. He is a prize-winning poet who read for his PhD on James Joyce at Christ’s College, Cambridge, on a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Trust. The author of three collections of poetry, he holds an MPhil in Creative Writing and BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Queensland, for which he was awarded a university medal. He is the poetry editor for The Australian newspaper, and has significant experience as a theatre and literary critic. He has given readings in Adelaide, Bali, Berlin, Cambridge, London, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Prague, Sydney and Verona, and has held Australia Council writing residencies at the B.R. Whiting Library Studio, Rome, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

His first collection of poetry, Latecomers, won the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize and was shortlisted for several other awards. His second collection, Surface to Air, was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year and the West Australian Premier’s Prize. His work has been anthologised in Poetry International, Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, Contemporary Australian Poetry, Thirty Australian Poets and in nine editions of the Best Australian Poems.



PhD in English, University of Cambridge (pending)

MPhil in Creative Writing, University of Queensland (2005)

BA in English and Philosophy, University of Queensland (2001)




Jaya Savige's Research

Jaya Savige’s research interests include the works of James Joyce, textual scholarship and genetic criticism; poetry and poetics of the 19th to 21st centuries; and creative writing pedagogy. His articles on the former have appeared in James Joyce and the Nineteenth Century, the James Joyce Quarterly and the James Joyce Broadsheet, while his essays and reviews have appeared in Poetry (Chicago), the Weekend Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Poetry Journal, Courier Mail, and Australian Book Review.


Books (Poetry Collections)

Maze Bright (Sydney and Tokyo: Vagabond Press, 2014) (chapbook)

Surface to Air (St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2011)

Latecomers (St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2005)


Selected Poems

‘The Roses of Heliogabalus’, The London Magazine (October/November, 2019), 110.

‘Spork’, Australian Poetry Journal, 9.1 (September 2019), 86-87.

‘Biometrics’, in Wretched Strangers (Norwich: Boiler House Press, 2018), pp. 247-49.

‘Credo, Décor, Coder’, in Reading the Landscape: A Celebration of Australian Writing (Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2018), pp. 224-28.

‘Fort Dada’, The Kenyon Review, 39.2 (March/April 2017), 6. Republished in Best Australian Poems 2017, ed. by Sarah Holland-Batt (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2017), p. 139.

‘Mafgnifera’, ‘Carousel’, Poetry, 208.2 (May 2016), p. 116-17

‘Circular Breathing’, ‘First Person Shooter’, in Contemporary Australian Poetry, ed. by Martin Langford et. al (Sydney: Puncher & Wattmann, 2016), pp. 517-19.

‘Hossegor’, Island, 146 (2016), 21. Republished in Best Australian Poems 2016, ed. by Sarah Holland-Batt (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2016), pp. 159-60.

‘Magic Hour’, in Best Australian Poems 2014, ed. by Geoff Page (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2014), p. 137.

‘On Not Getting my Spray Can Signed by Mr. Brainwash’, in Best Australian Poems 2013, ed. by Lisa Gorton (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2013), pp. 116-17.

‘Ötzi’, The Age (5 Nov 2011), A2, p. 29. Republished in Best Australian Poems 2012, ed. by John Tranter (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2012), p. 40.

‘Dransfield in Bavaria’, ‘La Quercia del Tasso’, ‘The Pain Switch’, ‘Summer Fig’, in Thirty Australian Poets, ed. by Felicity Plunkett (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2011), pp. 231-35.

‘January’, ‘Dransfield in Bavaria’, Jacket2, Guest ed. Pam Brown, Fifty-one Poets from Australia (Jan 2012), online. ‘January’ republished in Best Australian Poems 2011, ed. by John Tranter (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2011), pp. 149-50.

‘Summer Fig’, The Weekend Australian (20 Mar 2010), Review, 25. Republished in Best Australian Poems 2010, ed. by Robert Adamson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2010), p. 192.

‘The Pain Switch’, The Age (26 Apr 2008), A2, p. 29. Republished in Best Australian Poems 2009, ed. by Robert Adamson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009), p. 174.

‘Circular Breathing’, Heat, 14 (New Series, 2008), 75. Republished in Best Australian Poems 2008, ed. by Peter Rose (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009), p. 110.

‘The Master of Small Violences’, in Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, ed. by John Kinsella (Camberwell, Victoria: Penguin, 2008), p. 393.

Savige’s poems have also appeared in Poetry International, Poetry Daily, Poesia (Italy), PN Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Book Review, Journal of Australian Studies, Overland, Meanjin, Southerly, Cordite and elsewhere.


Selected Articles

Review of Elizabeth M. Bonapfel and Tim Conley, eds., Doubtful Points: Joyce and Punctuation (European Joyce Studies 23), James Joyce Broadsheet, 106 (2017), 3.

Creation’s Holiday: On Silence and Monsters in Australian Poetry’, Poetry (Chicago), 108.2 (May 2016), 169-84.

‘Lexical Lightning’, review of Les Murray, Waiting for the Past (2015), The Weekend Australian, 23 May 2015, pp. 16-17.

‘The Pity of It’, review of Guy Cuthbertson, Wilfred Owen (2014) and Tim Kendall, ed., Poetry of the First World War (2014), The Weekend Australian, 5 Jul 2014, pp. 16-17.

‘Underwriting Ulysses: Bloom, Risk and Life Insurance in the Nineteenth Century’, in James Joyce in the Nineteenth Century, ed. by John Nash (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 77-94.

‘The Post-copyright ‘Cowpoyride’: A Report on the XXIIIrd International James Joyce Symposium, Dublin’, James Joyce Quarterly, 49.1 (2013), 10-14.

‘The Passage’, My Mother, My Father: On Losing A Parent, ed. by Susan Wyndham (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2013), 94-114.

‘Anthologies and the poetic stock market’, review of Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, eds., Australian Poetry Since 1788 (2012), Australian Poetry Journal, 2.1 (2012), 84-89.

‘Meticulous retracing of a poet in motion’, review of Jamie James, Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage (2012), The Weekend Australian, 7 Apr 2012, 24.

‘New take on an old Trojan course’, review of Robert Fagles, trans., The Aeneid (2006), Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 20 2007, Spectrum: 32-33.


Jaya Savige's Teaching

As Head of the Creative Writing, Jaya Savige created and teaches its three courses, 422 The Writer’s Craft, 525 The Writer’s Voice, and 627 Final Year Project and Publishing Horizons. He also lectures on James Joyce for 509 Literature 1900-Present, has supervised dissertations for 612b Comparative Literature (Portfolio option), and has given lectures on literary theory and criticism, and Victorian, Modernist and postcolonial literatures for other courses on the English degree.