Meet the Judges

The Career Fund judging panel consists of three successful creatives from different industries. Together they provide varying perspectives and understandings of the creative industries.


Marian Crawford

Marian Crawford is a visual artist and lecturer in Fine Art at Monash Art Design & Architecture, Melbourne, Australia, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1996. Crawford explores the relationships between the book, fine art printmaking processes, and the printed image in contemporary culture. She was awarded the Siganto Fellowship at the State Library of Queensland 2015/16 and has presented her creative works publicly for over twenty years. Her works were recently presented at the University of South Australia‘s SASA Gallery and at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne in 2016; at the Museum of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China and the Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne University), a Bachelor of Fine Art (Victorian College of the Arts) and a Master of Arts (by Research), from RMIT University, Melbourne.

Joel Naoum

Joel Naoum is a Sydney-based book publisher, editor and consultant. He currently runs Critical Mass, a consultancy for authors and publishers with a focus on technology and accessibility. He previously co-founded and ran Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-first imprint Momentum. He is on the board of the NSW Writers’ Centre and in 2011 he completed the Unwin Fellowship researching digital publishing experimentation in the United Kingdom.

Jill Jones

Jill Jones is a poet who has published eight full-length books of poetry, and a number of chapbooks. In 1993 she won the Mary Gilmore Award for her first book of poetry, The Mask and the Jagged Star (Hazard Press). Her latest book, The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher and Wattmann 2014), won the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Other works include Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems (Salt 2002), which won the 2003 Kenneth Slessor Prize. Her book, Broken/Open (Salt 2005), was short-listed for The Age Poetry Book of the Year 2005 and the 2006 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, and is included in CAL’s Reading Australia list of titles.

Her work is represented in a number of major anthologies including theMacquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. Her poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech and Spanish.

For nearly seven years, she was Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2014 she was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide, where she teaches in creative writing and literary studies.

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