Associate Professor Bronwyn Lea

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52999


Dr Bronwyn Lea is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland, where she has research interests in poetics, narratology, creative writing, and gender studies.

Bronwyn is the author of four books of poems: Flight Animals; The Wooden Cat and Other Poems; The Other Way Out; and The Deep North. Her poems are widely anthologised, appearing most recently in Thirty Australian Poets, Australian Poetry Since 1788, Sixty Classic Australian Poems, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. As a literary critic, she reviews poetry, fiction and non-fiction for several literary pages, and she is resident literary critic at The Conversation: ‘The Mind Field: dispatches on books, writing and literary culture’.

As Poetry Editor at the University of Queensland Press, Bronwyn’s list included award-winning titles by Australia’s most distinguished poets. In 2003 she designed and implemented the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award and the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. She was the founder and series editor (with Martin Duwell) of The Best Australian Poetry series, and in 2011 she was appointed the inaugural editor of Australian Poetry Journal.

Bronwyn has worked as a consultant and expert to numerous key organisations in the creative industries at a state and federal level, including:

  • Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board
  • Australia Council International Marketing Development Program
  • Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Queensland Government Department of State Development
  • Arts Queensland

Research Interests

  • Creative Writing Studies
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Narratology
  • Publishing and book culture
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Australian literature


  • PhD in English, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The California State University


  • Lea, Bronwyn (2016) Australian poetry now. Poetry, 208 2: 185-194.

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2016) Blow Job (Kama Sutra). Island, 144: 103-103.

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2016) Jeff Eating Ilona. Island, 144: 103-103.

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  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2012). Poetics and poetry. In David Morley and Philip Neilsen (Ed.), The Cambridge companion to creative writing (pp. 67-86) United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CCOL9780521768498.007

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2009). Walking down Wickham Terrace. In Joan Patricia Burton-Jones and Kathleen Moira Stewart (Ed.), Queenslanders all over (pp. 390-390) Robina, QLD, Australia: Bond University Press.

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2007). Poetry publishing. In D. J. Carter and A. Galligan (Ed.), Making Books: Contemporary Australian Publishing (pp. 247-254) Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Press.

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2007). Two ways out. In Peter Rose (Ed.), The Best Australian Poems 2007 (pp. 47-47) Melbourne: Black Inc..

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2004). A Place. In Les Murray (Ed.), The Best Australian Poems 2004 (pp. 112-112) Melbourne, Vic.: Black Inc..

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2003). Our Sun Has Fallen Beneath a Memory. In Page, Geoff (Ed.), The Indigo Book of Modern Australian Sonnets (pp. 49-49) Charnwood, A.C.T.: Ginninderra Press, 2003..

  • Lea, Bronwyn (2001). The Greek Foot. In Flight Animals (pp. 6-6) St Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bulmer, M, Lea, B and Rolka, K (2006). STUDENT BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES FROM POETRY WRITING IN STATISTICS. In: PME 30: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 30TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL GROUP FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION, VOL 1,. 30th Conference of the International-Group-for-the-Psychology-of-Mathematics-Education, Prague CZECH REPUBLIC, (229-229). JUL 16-21, 2006.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision