About Jaya Savige

Jaya Savige is a Lecturer in English and Course Leader in Creative Writing. 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 Anthologised Poems

Best Australian Poems 2017, ed. by Sarah Holland-Batt (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2017). (‘Fort Dada’)

Contemporary Australian Poetry, ed. by Martin Langford, Judith Beveridge, David Musgrave, Judy Johnson (Sydney: Puncher & Wattmann, 2016). (‘Circular Breathing’, ‘First Person Shooter’)

Best Australian Poems 2016, ed. by Sarah Holland-Batt (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2016). (‘Hossegor’)

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

Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry, ed. by Jack Helfin and John Kinsella (Lafayette: Turnrow Books & University of Louisiana at Monroe Press, 2013). (‘Sand Island’, ‘Recycling Night’, ‘Disconnect’)

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

Best Australian Poems 2012, ed. by John Tranter (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2012). (‘Ötzi’)

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

Best Australian Poems 2011, ed. by John Tranter (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2011). (‘January’)

Best Australian Poems 2010, ed. by Robert Adamson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2010). (‘Summer Fig’)

Best Australian Poems 2009, ed. by Robert Adamson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009). (‘The Pain Switch’)

Best Australian Poems 2008, ed. by Peter Rose (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009). (‘Circular Breathing’)

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

Savige’s poems have appeared in Poetry (Chicago), Kenyon Review, PN Review, Poesia (Italy), Poetry International, Poetry Daily, Jacket 2, Weekend Australian, The Age, OverlandMeanjin, Southerly, Cordite, Australian Book Review, Island, Sydney Morning Herald, Heat, Cultural Studies Review, foam: e, Journal of Australian Studies, Red Room Companysoftblow and other magazines and journals.


Writing for the Stage

Sydney Opera House, ‘Feasting on Flesh’, Strut n’ Fret Productions, Dir. Scott Maidment. Commissioned writer with Stephen Sewell, Humphrey McQueen, Eddie Perfect. December 7-17, 2006.


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 Course Leader of the Creative Writing Minor, Jaya Savige teaches 422 The Writer’s Craft; 525 The Writer’s Voice; and 627 Final Year Project and Publishing Horizons. As Lecturer in English, he teaches 612b Comparative Literature (Portfolio option), and has given lectures on James Joyce, literary theory and criticism, and Victorian, Modernist and postcolonial literatures for several courses on the English degree.


Languages Spoken

Fluent in English. Proficient in Italian and Latin. Beginner in French and Japanese.