joanne burns lives in Sydney. She writes often of the peculiarities and quirks of contemporary urban life and society. She is interested in blurring the boundaries between line-break poetry and prose poetry/microfiction. Her poetry covers a broad spectrum of tones and perspectives: from the ironic, satiric, ludic, to the cryptic, esoteric, and more lyrical. Her first poetry collection Snatch was published in London in 1972, with Strange Faeces Press. Since then she has had many collections of her work published. Her most recent poetry collection, brush (Giramondo Publishing), won the 2016 NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize. She has been reading/performing her work in public and on radio since the early 1970s. She is currently assembling a volume of her selected poems – real land – spanning 40 years of publication.