Professor Jeri Kroll

Academic Level E

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 Creative Writing: Drafting, Revising and Editing (Bloomsbury 2020), '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). 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 completed a Doctor of Creative Arts degree in February of 2024.


Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, 2024

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.

Teaching interests

Creative Writing, Writing for Children, Poetry – supervising only now.

Supervisory interests
Contemporary literature
Contemporary poetry
Creative arts
Creative arts practice-led research, creative writing pedagogy
Creative research higher degree supervision
Creative writing research higher degrees
Creative writing, novels
Creative writing, pedagogy
Creative writing, poetry
Creative writing, short stories
Dramaturgy, adaptation and creative development
Education, creative writing in higher
Verse novels
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Creative Writing Practice-led Research/Poetry (1)
Associate supervisor: Creative Writing Practice-led Research/Drama (1)
Principal supervisor: Contemporary Poetry (2), Creative Writing Practice-led Research (10), Young Adult Fiction (2), Creative Writing Practice-led Research/Reverse Adaptation (1)
Associate supervisor: Practice-led Research/Life Writing (1), Writing and Cultural Studies (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Sharon Kernot

Wakefield Press Unpublished MS Award. Underground Road published by Wakefield Press, October 2013. -

Benjamin Chandler

Quillblade published by Random House, 2010. -

Molly Murn

Diamond Jubilee Bursary (co-winner), Federation of Australian University Women, 2012. -

Molly Murn

Winner of Varuna Writers' Centre Publishing Fellowship, 2013. -

Benjamin Chandler

Beast Child published by Random House, 2011. -

Benjamin Chandler

Carclew Young Writer's Fellowship. -

Sam Franzway

Carclew Young Writer's Fellowship. -

Margaret Merrilees

The First Week, shortlisted for Barbara Jefferis Award - OCT 2014

Margaret Merrilees

The First Week, winner of Adelaide Festival Unpublished MS Award - MAR 2013

Margaret Merrilees

The First Week, published by Wakefield Press - OCT 2013

Sharon Kernot

The Art of Taxidermy verse novel published by TEXT - MAR 2018

Katrina Finlayson

Runner-up, Best Postgraduate Paper, 2012 Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference -

Margaret Merrilees

Flinders rep at the Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy. This symposium showcases 'the most outstanding PhD projects to have emerged from the Creative Arts in Australia and New Zealand over the past decade'. - MAR 2015

Molly Murn

Book contract for novel - JAN 2018

Annette Marner

Wakefield Press Adelaide Festival of Arts Unpublished MS award for PhD Novel - MAR 2018

Expert for media contact
Literature - English
Contemporary Poetry
Creative Writing in Higher Education
International Writers' Organisations
The Writer in the Academy
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  • International Writers' Organisations
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