Former teacher of English and English as a Second Language in the UK and Australia, Julie Maclean has published five chapbooks/pamphlets and one full collection. Her chapbooks include: Tango Boleo, (a collaboration with Avril Bradley), Ginninderra Press, 2019; Lips That Did, Dancing Girl Press, US, 2017; a collaboration with UK poet Terry Quinn, To Have to Follow, Indigo Dreams, 2016; Kiss of the Viking, Poetry Salzburg, 2014, and e-chapbook, You Love You Leave, Kind of a Hurricane Press, US, 2014.
Her full collection When I saw Jimi was shortlisted for The Crashaw Prize, Salt, 2012 and became joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize, Indigo Dreams, 2013.
Her poems, short fiction and reviews have appeared in The Best Australian Poetry, Poetry (Chicago), Shearsman, Southerly, Island, Overland, BODY, Cordite Review, Poetry Salzburg, The Antigonish Review, The Rialto, The Age, The Griffith Review, and Kill Your Darlings, among others.
In 2019 a short story The Harry Chair White was shortlisted for Overland’s Fair Australia Prize and in 2020 an essay Wandering Dogs Broken Hearts shortlisted for the Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction. In 2018 she was longlisted in The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition and had two poems highly commended in the 2017 W B Yeats Poetry Prize. In 2017 she won Best Poem in fourWNew Writing 27, Highly commended in 2016. One of her poems How Deep is Your Love was shortlisted for the RedRoom Company New Shoots Project in 2016.
She was one of two poets, in addition to commissioned works, selected for Wandering Words, a chapbook of ekphrastic poems presented at Sensing Spaces at the Royal Academy, London, 2014.
As feature poet she has appeared in LA Cultural Review, Sundress Best Dressed, US, Tincture, Melbourne Poets Union, Winter Words at Airey’s Inlet, Poetry at the Dan, Melbourne, Damson Poets, UK, on Tania Hershman’s blogspot and Clare Carlin’s Pieced Work.
Her work appears in several anthologies including The Result Is What You See Today, (Smith/Doorstop anthology on running, 2019), Best Australian Poetry (UQP), Australian Poetry Journal and Anthology, Sylvia is Missing (Flarestacks), Heartshoots (Indigo Dreams), fourW New Writing (Booranga Writers), Motherhood, Dance and The Sea (The Emma Press).
In 2019 she was granted a residency with Booranga Writers and was Feature Poet, conducting workshops and readings for Winter Words, Portarlington.
She presents writing workshops, edits poetry manuscripts and conducts author talks for Geelong Library. She lives on the Surf Coast, Victoria.