Emily Ballou

Author | Poet

An award-winning poet, screenwriter and novelist, Emily Ballou was born in the United States and moved to Australia in 1991. In 1997 she was awarded the Judith Wright Prize for Poetry for her poem, Enter.

Her first novel Father Lands, set during the desegregation of the school system in the United States, was published by Picador in 2002 and won Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelist of the Year Award. 2007 saw the publication of her first children’s picture book One Blue Sock  (Random House), illustrated by Stephen Michael King, and her second novel, Aphelion (Picador).

Emily’s stunning verse portrait of Charles Darwin, The Darwin Poems, was published by University of Western Australia Press in 2009. The Darwin Poems was awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Centre fellowship in Ireland through the Australia Council for the Arts, was highly commended in the Anne Elder Award, nominated for the 2009 Australian Literary Society’s Gold Medal for an outstanding work of literature,  shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, the Western Australian Premier’s Prize, and the Mary Gilmore Prize, and won The Wesley Michel Wright Prize for poetry, 2009.

Emily's essays and reviews have been published in The Australian Magazine, Heat, Australian Book Review, The Australian Review and New Matilda.

For enquiries about Emily’s publication rights, please contact Jeanne Ryckmans: jeanne.ryckmans@cameronsmanagement.com.au