biography

Jennifer Mills is the author of the novels Gone (UQP, 2011) and The Diamond Anchor (UQP, 2009) and a collection of short stories, The Rest is Weight (UQP, 2012). The Rest is Weight was shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards Steele Rudd Award for an Australian Short Story Collection and longlisted for the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

Mills was awarded the 2014 Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship by the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. In 2012 Mills was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Previous awards include the 2008 Marian Eldridge Award for Young Emerging Women Writers, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and the Northern Territory Literary Awards.

Mills' fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been widely published, appearing in Meanjin, Hecate, Overland, Heat, Island, the Lifted Brow, the Griffith Review, Best Australian Stories, and New Australian Stories, and broadcast, recorded and performed from Adelaide to Berlin. Mills was Asialink writer in residence in Beijing in 2010. She is a regular reviewer for Overland literary journal and has contributed criticism to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Wheeler Centre, and the Sydney Review of Books. She is currently the fiction editor at Overland. Mills lives in a very small town in South Australia, and is working on another novel.

A writer of remarkable imagination and exceptional clarity. Every word Mills writes seems deliberately placed, and her writing manages to be both precise and rich in subtext... this is writing that sings.

- Canberra Times

Mills is a compelling storyteller with her own defined style and unflinching eye.

- The Age

A writer of extraordinary range and imagination.

- Cate Kennedy

Fearless.

- The Ember


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