Jessica Alice is a poet, critic, broadcaster and artistic programmer living on Kaurna land in Adelaide, South Australia.
Jessica is the Director of Writers SA, the peak organisation for writing and literature in South Australia. She is undertaking a Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.
With a background in literary festivals, she was formerly Program Manager of Melbourne Writers Festival where she curated and delivered an annual ten-day program of events featuring over 300 Australian and international artists, and was Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival in 2014 & 15, curating a two-day program of 90 events for writers under 35 in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Jessica sits on a number of boards and committees. She is a member of the University of South Australia’s Creative Industries Advisory Panel, Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Festival Shadow Board, and Chair of the Kat Muscat Fellowship—a mentorship prize for young writers and editors. Jessica was previously a Board Member of SYN Media, and a member of the RMIT School of Creative Writing Programming Advisory Committee. She also sat on the executive leadership team at Regional Arts Victoria.
In 2018, Jessica was one of 20 arts leaders from Australia and Asia selected to take part in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program.
Jessica was a presenter and producer of Women on the Line—Australia’s longest-running women’s current affairs radio program—and the Spoken Word poetry program for 3CR Melbourne. She also presented a regular segment on Triple R’s literature program Aural Text, and was Radio Adelaide Breakfast’s ‘feminist insider’.
Jessica’s writing and reviews have been published in The Guardian Australia, Metro Magazine, Overland, Junkee, VICE, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review and Australian Poetry Journal, among others.
She has previously held editorial positions as the Sex & Gender Columnist for Spook Magazine, the Poetry & Short Prose Editor of The Lifted Brow, Poetry Editor of Scum Mag, Literature & Books Editor of Lip magazine, Deputy Online Editor for Kill Your Darlings, and Poetry Editor of Voiceworks.
She tweets @jessica_alice_. Contact via jessicaaliceau[@]gmail[.]com. Photo by Jane Howard.