Jennifer Kathleen Phillips was born in the fifties in New Zealand, but now resides in Australia and is also an Australian citizen. At present she is an artist, teacher, webmaster, song writer and poet. She was 12 years old when 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 a number of poems, stories and art works published in magazines, news papers, 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. (link)
She returned to New Zealand and studied at teachers college majoring in Art and maths. 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.
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).
In 1974 after three years art study at Teachers College she produced a book containing some of her philosophies and gave a multimedia presentation of her work using available analog systems. The multimedia presentation included sound effects, poetry, prose, music and images. She used slides and played a tape. The slides included an animated dance sequence created by rapidly displaying a sequence of photos she had taken of a dancer. The tape contained music, sounds, words and sentences. In the book, “With Whom In Mind” each of the chapters was presented in images or text depending on who the chapter had in mind, eg. The chapter called “With Children In Mind” was visually presented. The chapter called “With Teachers In Mind” was presented using questions. The chapter called “With Creativity In Mind” contained a textured poem playing with the word “create”
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 more books 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 began publishing her poems in chat rooms and on a range of other 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 April of 2002 Jennifer was the guest poet at a New Zealand Wine evening in Canberra. She shared her poetry with 103 guests (photo).
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.
In 2006 Jennifer gave a poetry reading at St. James Anglican Church in Holt, to celebrate Australia Day (photo). 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 talk back session.
In 2007 Jennifer finally created some interactive poetry that had been in her mind to do since making her first animated poem and an article was written by Aprilia Zank and published in a Romanian literary magazine (view) .
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 web" for (2006 - 2008).
In 2008 Jennifer was interviewed by Anna Carr about Digital Poetics for her university research on digital poetics. Aprilia Zank interviewed her about concrete poetry. The interview was published on the Muenchen University website. Jennifer's concrete poem "start" was used in a Pre Christmas church service ( photo ).
In 2009 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 )
14.6.2009 Jennifer's poem "Gum Tree" featured as the weekly poem on www.ozpoeticsociety.com and on 21.6.2009 her concrete poem "Control" was featured.
For more highlights of Jennifer's public life, visit the Media Coverage web Page.
Magazine publications with her poetry include:
The Curious Record EDITION #40 October 2014. "Forgiveness" P.8. "Wing To Wing" P.9.Interviews
2009 EgoPhobiaOnline comments include:
Some of her poems can be bought as cards at: Click to view