Poetry Bio for Jennifer Phillips
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Jennifer Kathleen Phillips was born in the fifties in New Zealand. Her mother read a range of books to her and her siblings, including nursery rhymes. When she was five she was given a story book writen in poetry that she loved. On their many car trips they played rhyming and other word games. When she was about 7 a friend gave her a little china deer and a card that said, "A wee deer for a dear". This astounded her and inspired her to think of other interesting things about words and word patterns. Although she had a growing love for words it wasn't until she was 12 years old that she wrote her first poem. She was encouraged by a family friend to publish it which she did. It was published in the children's section of the "Wellington Evening Post" (view). Subsequently she had and continues to have her poems, stories and art works published in magazines, news papers, and on the radio and internet.
At the age of 13 she shifted to Australia where she continued to publish her poems in newspapers and magazines and studied poetry analysing the content and form of well known poets such as Judith Wright, who was her favourite poet (link). By the time she left school she had developed a poetic philosophy.
She returned to New Zealand and studied at teachers college majoring in Art and maths. She also did a ten week poetry course. Here she used the language of poetics to analyse poems, critically compared poems and study sound effects. She created anthologies, looked at poetry in other subject areas, shared poems and prepared poetry lessons for children. She created large cards to share poems visually (view).
In 1973 Dr. Guy Jansen, who was then the director of music education
for schools in New Zealand, spoke to her about publishing a book on
the philosophy, influences and direction of her arts. He invited her
to the upcoming Canterbury Arts workshop, a creative event for some
of the potentially most gifted secondary school artists in the South
Island. It opened her eyes to the possibilities of holding similar multimedia
events. A few “Poyema” art workshops were subsequently organized
for some of the recognized New Zealand Christian artists in various
fields and she was invited as a visual artist. This also contributed
to her desire to present using more than one media (view).
She has since taught a variety of subjects to all ages in a vaietry of settings Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary School, High School, College and Adults, teaching individual private lessons as well as groups and classes and giving lectures.
She was the only Hawkes Bay poet to receive a prize in the "Rod McKuen Poetry Competition" (1975) and her poem "Nothing is hidden" was read on Hawkes Bay Radio (view). While in Hawkes Bay along with others, she read her poetry at some of the monthly meetings at the "Cat 'n Fiddle Pub" in Hastings.
In 1983 she published her first book of poetry "In His Time." She has since published 4 more containing a range of her poems, songs and artworks. (view)
Her poem "Yesterday's Pain, Today's Growth" was published as a full page on the back cover of the "Reaper" magazine. October-November 1986, vol.68, No.5. (view)
In the 1980's she began using the computer and found it an effective medium for creating visual poems. Her first visual poems using the computer were published in 1992 (view)
In 1999 Jennifer created collaborative writings online and spoke in poetry in chat rooms. She aslo began publishing her poems on a range of Internet sites including:
2001 - Her poem "Australian Gum Trees" was published in "Bending Light" and received an Editors Choice Award (ISBN 0-7951-5029-6).
"In His Hands" published in "Charisma" 24/25 February Issue 8/01
"How beautiful is love" publsihed in "Charisma" 21/22 April, Issue 16/01
In 2002 Jennifer started creating animated poetry. In April that year she was the guest poet at a New Zealand Wine evening in Canberra. She shared her poetry with 115 guests (photo). She was also invited to share her poetry journey with a class of Canberra College students.
In 2003 Jennifer was invited to share her poems with a group of women at a ladies retreat in a Baptist Church in South Canberra.
"Go Like A Song" published in "St. James parish Family Magazine". No. 12 February 2003. P.11
In 2006 Jennifer gave a poetry reading at St. James Anglican Church in Holt, to celebrate Australia Day. She also shared some of her poetry on 2XX radio and was interviewed as a guest poet as part of the ANU Writers Poetry Slam talkback session.
IIn 2007 Jennifer finally created some interactive poetry that had been in her mind to do since making her first animated poem. One of her poems was translated into Romainina and qn article was written by Aprilia Zank and published in a Romanian literary magazine (view).
(2006 - 2008) Jennifer's animated poem "Hair Here" was featured
in the New Media Highlights section of eSCENE
36 by Walter Cummins, where he shows "the best of the literary
In 2008 Jennifer was interviewed by Anna Carr about Digital Poetics and Aprilia Zank about concrete poetry. Aprilia's interview was published on the Muenchen University website. Jennifer's concrete poem "start" was used in a Pre Christmas church service (photo).
Jennifer was invited by Lina Ali to share some of her poetry with 3 year 10 classes at Amaroo School. Lina introduced her. Jennifer shared a range of her poems, speaking some, showing some with the help of the smart board and performing some with the help of some of the students (Photo 1 , Photo 2).
Aprilia Zank's article containing an interview about her concrete poetry was published in an online literary magazine called EgoPhobia. (View)
17.1.2010. Jennifer's acrostic poem "Greed" was featured
as the weekly poem on www.ozpoeticsociety.com
In September, Jennifer was asked to read one of her poems at St. James Church in Canberra. It can be viewed on youtube.
Her poem called "cradled" was the digital poem for the week of September 14th – 20th 2010 on www.giftedkidsnetwork.com
Her early "Peace" poem featured on http://sharlenegodlove.narod.ru/peace-poem.html
20118.10.2011. Jenifer shared a poem at the St. James Ladies retreat in Galong (view).
29.10.2011 Sharing her poem at St. James Church in Holt, ACT. (View)
For more highlights of Jennifer's public life, visit the Media Coverage web Page.
Magazine publications with her poetry include:
"Are you thirsty Lord", St. James Holt Hamily Magazine, December 2011, page 8
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