Andy Jackson has performed at dozens of events and festivals, had poems published in a variety of print and on-line journals, been awarded grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria, been the recipient of an Australian Society of Authors mentorship. He has been awarded residencies from Victorian Writers Centre, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre (Perth) and Asialink and has collaborated with musicians, sound artists and other writers.
His first full-length collection of poems, Among the Regulars (2010), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Poetry (the Kenneth Slessor Prize) and Highly Commended in the Anne Elder Award. A collaborative puppetry-poetry performance with Rachael Guy entitled Ambiguous Mirrors won the City of Yarra Award for Most Innovative Work at the Overload Poetry Festival in 2009. His “Secessionist” won the 2008 Arts ACT Rosemary Dobson Award for Best Unpublished Poem.
Also in 2013, he won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. The resulting collection of poems – the thin bridge – has recently been released. Another collection – Immune systems – was released by Transit Lounge in 2015 and in 2016, a chapbook – That knocking – was published by Little Windows. Andy has the genetic condition Marfan Syndrome. A full-length collection of (auto)biographical poems of people with Marfan Syndrome – Music our bodies can’t hold – is forthcoming through Hunter Publishers.