Professor Jeri Kroll

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (3110)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Emeritus Professor Jeri Kroll was the inaugural Dean of Graduate Research. She has published on Samuel Beckett, creative writing research and pedagogy, research higher degrees, contemporary literature and children's literature. Past President of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, she has written over twenty-five titles for adults and young people (two Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Awards). Recent critical books are 'Old and New, Tried and Untried': Creativity and Research in the 21st Century University' (Common Ground 2016) and Research Methods in Creative Writing (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). Creative Writing: Drafting, Revising and Editing is due from Palgrave Macmillan in 2019. Recent creative books are Workshopping the Heart: New and Selected Poems and Vanishing Point (verse novel), a staged reading of which took place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 'Page to Stage' Festival and a full production at George Washington University in 2014. A winner in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the complete book was published by Puncher and Wattmann and shortlisted for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards. She is studying for a Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.

PhD, Columbia University, New York City, USA, 1974
MA, University of Warwick, UK, 1968
BA Honours, Smith College, Mass., USA, 1967
Honours, awards and grants

Vanishing Point shortlisted for 2015 Queensland Literary Awards.

Varuna Writers' Retreat Fellowships (2009, 2000).

Shortlisted Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize, 2009.

Runner-up Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, 2006.

May Gibbs Trust Fellowship, 2006.

International Exchange Residency (one month), Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamaghkerrig, Ireland, 2005.

A Coat of Cats, Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book, 1999.

Swamp Soup, Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book, 1996.

Australia Council, Literature Board, Community Writer's Fellowship and General Writing Grants.

Numerous South Australian Government Writing Grants.

Numerous poetry prizes and shortlistings.

Key responsibilities

Emeritus Professor of English and Creative Writing. Postgraduate supervisions.

  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Writing in Higher Education
  • International Writers' Organisations
  • The Writer in the Academy