Ann Vickery

Staff member

Ann Vickery is Head of Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University. She works across the areas of feminist literary history, poetry and poetics, and modernism. She co-founded the Australasian Modernist Studies Network and was a founding member and editor-in-chief of HOW2, a pioneering online journal of innovative women’s writing and scholarship. Ann recently co-convened the “Queer Legacies, New Solidarities” conference that brought together the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association for the first time. Ann has written two monographs on feminist histories, the first on the American movement of Language poetry and the second on early twentieth-century Australian poetry. She also co-authored The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers (National Library of Australia, 2009) and co-edited Poetry and the Trace (Puncher and Wattmann, 2013). She has published two poetry collections. She came to Deakin in 2009 after various postdoctoral fellowships, including a Fulbright at Temple and Yale University.

  • Research

    Ann’s current projects include:

    • Mapping Histories and Pedagogies of Australian Poetry: how might histories of Australian poetry provide insights into paradigmatic shifts in Australian culture and how might we better understand the diversity of that culture through our reading practices?
    • Practices of Care in The New York School: how did the cross-disciplinary interactions of the New York School imaginatively explore alternative models of care and how might they provide valuable models for care in the contemporary era? 
    • Rethinking Feminist Models of Care through the Lyric: how is contemporary women’s poetry reworking the lyric and extending its formal possibilities to articulate new feminist models of care? With a particular focus on the turn to creative non-fiction, this project has critical and creative research attached, including a third poetry collection, A Bee’s Guide to Bothering (Vagabond Press, forthcoming) and, most recently, ‘Revaluing Memoir and Rebuilding Mothership in Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts’, Australian Literary Studies 35.1 (2020).
  • Publications


    • forthcoming 2021. Ann Vickery, The Cambridge Companion to Australian Poetry. New York: Cambridge UP.
    • 2015. Ann Vickery, Devious Intimacy. Melbourne: Hunter Publishers.
    • 2014. Ann Vickery, The Complete Pocketbook of Swoon. Glebe: Vagabond Press.
    • 2013. Ann Vickery and John Hawke (eds), Poetry and the Trace. Glebe: Puncher & Wattmann.
    • 2009. Ann Vickery and Margaret Henderson (eds), Manifesting Australian Literary Feminisms: Nexus & Faultlines. Ipswich: Australian Literary Studies.
    • 2009. Ann Vickery, Maryanne Dever, and Sally Newman, The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers. Canberra: National Library of Australia.
    • 2007. Ann Vickery, Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry. Cambridge, UK: Salt.
    • 2000. Ann Vickery, Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing. Hanover and London: Wesleyan UP.

    Other recent publications

    • forthcoming 2021. Ann Vickery, ‘Art and Acts of Seeing in the Work of John Kinsella’, Angelaki.
    • 2020. Ann Vickery, ‘Revaluing Memoir and Rebuilding Mothership in Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts’, Australian Literary Studies 1.
    • 2020. Ann Vickery, ‘Revising an Australian Mythos’, New Directions in Contemporary Australian Poetry. Dan Disney and Matthew Hall. Palgrave.
    • 2020. Ann Vickery, ‘Changing Topographies, New Feminisms, and Women Poets’, in Timothy Yu (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • 2018. Ann Vickery, ‘Between Housework and Carrying Her Home: Natalie Harkin’s Reparative Poetics’, in Andy Kissane and David Musgrave (eds), Feeding the Ghost 1: Criticism on Contemporary Australian Poetry. Newcastle: Puncher and Wattmann, 336-55.
    • 2018. Ann Vickery, ‘Australian Women’s Poetry and Feminism’, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • 2017. Ann Vickery, ‘”In the Merry Foam”: The Minor Intimacy of Frank O’Hara and Jane Freilicher’, in Olivier Brossard (ed.), Lovers of My Orchards: Writers and Artists on Frank O’Hara. Paris: Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 233-51.
    • 2017. Ann Vickery, ‘On the Social Value of Poetry’, Paideuma 44, 127-41.
    • 2016. Ann Vickery, ‘When She Refuses to Settle: Reading Adolescent Female Sexuality and Sexual Abuse in the Poetry of Genna Gardini and Kate Lilley’, Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing 2, 68-73.
    • 2016. Ann Vickery, ‘Crossing Geographies, Crossing Languages’, in Linda Kinnahan (ed.), The Cambridge Companion of Twentieth Century American Women Poets. Cambridge University Press, 274-88.
  • Teaching

    Ann teaches in Deakin’s Master of Arts (Writing and Literature), chairing the unit Sex, the Body, and American Poetry.

    Ann teaches in the BA (Hons) coursework units Critical Creative Research Methods and Honours Research Theory in the Discipline.

    In the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Ann chairs the unit Gender, Sex and Literature and also teaches Writing Modern Worlds. Ann also has taught units including Love, Death, and Poetry, Romanticism and Realism, and Literature and Modernity, as well as units on themes such as Australian and Asian literatures, Victorian supernatural, and literary canons.

  • Supervision

    Ann is especially interested in supervising in these areas:

    • Feminist modernism
    • Writing/theorising care and intimacy    
    • 20th-21st century American poetry
    • Feminism and experimental poetics
    • Autotheory
    • Histories of Australian poetry from colonial to contemporary
    • Diversity in Australian Literature


    Current Masters and PhD supervisions

    • Reanna Kissell, Emerging Ecofeminism in Australian Short Fiction. (co-supervised with Emily Potter)
    • Lynette Hinings-Marshall, Exploring Female Expatriates’ Understandings of Home through Experimental Memoir.
    • Ashika Paramita, In the Age of Trump: The Ideological Function of Superheroes in Trump’s America. (co-supervised with Sean Redmond)
    • Claire Gaskin, Ismene’s Survivable Resistance: Female Poetic Voice and the Contemporary Public


    Completed supervisions

    • Ella O’Keefe, Mobile Image: Reading Modes of Vision in Forrest-Thomson and Guest. Winner of the 2018 Harold Tribe Poetry Award.
    • Thomas Sandercock, Telling Trans: Transgender Representations in Texts for Young People.
    • Dylan Holdsworth, Dis-topias: The Government of Disability in Dystopian Children’s Literature.
    • Megan Mooney Taylor, Mythmaking and Masculinity in the Fiction of Norman Lindsay.
    • Daniel Lewis, ‘Dead Channel’: Writing Cyberpunk. (Creative PhD)
    • Katrina Hansord, ‘Spirit-Music Unbound’: Romanticism and Print Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry 1830-1905. Published as Colonial Australian Women Poets: Political Voice and Feminist Traditions (Anthem Press, 2020).


    Current Honours supervision

    • Garriné Arslanian, Navigating Models of Gender from Classical Greece to Contemporary America in Ironman


    Past Honours supervision

    • Mel Charters, Radicarian: Poetic Interventions to Conserve Australian Species and English Words Facing Extinction. (Beginning a Maar Nations PhD Scholarship working with the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Ann is continuing as an associate supervisor.)
    • Apoorva Wadhwa, Abyss 2.0: Exploring the Contemporary Absurd through Poetry
    • Lisa Stilburn, Figuring Bodies and Difference Over Time: The Role of Genre in Representing Disability in Young Adult Literature
    • Sharyn Anderson, ‘Azure, Bright’: A New Australia and a New Womanhood
    • Joanne Ryan, Nazim Hikmet and Turkish Modernism
    • Roxanne Bodsworth, Changing the Story: Transformations of Myth in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats


  • Awards, fellowships, and honours

    • 2019. Shortlisted, Helen Anne Bell Bequest Poetry Award. ‘The Antagonist’s Care Pack’
    • 2015. FAW Anne Elder Award. The Complete Pocketbook of Swoon.
    • 2013. Shortlisted, Helen Anne Bell Bequest Poetry Award. ‘Trade Bonds’
    • 2009. Walter McRae Russell Award. Ann Vickery, Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry.
    • 2008. NSW Premier’s Prize for Literary Scholarship, Ann Vickery, Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry.
    • 2005-09. Monash University Research Fellowship.
    • 2001-02. Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship (Temple University/Yale University).
    • 1998-2000. Macquarie University Research Fellowship.
  • Media and public events

    • 2019. ‘Amelia Dale interviews Ann Vickery’, Rabbit: A Journal of Non-Creative Poetry 27, 90-99.

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