Rozanna Lilley is a poet and essayist. Her hybrid prose and poetry memoir Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life (UWAP) was published in 2018, and was shortlisted for the National Biography Award in 2019. Her first poetry chapbook will be published in 2022.
Rose’s creative non-fiction essays have been published in Best Australian Essays in 2013 and 2014. Her poetry has appeared in newspapers, anthologies and literary journals including Westerly, Australian Poetry, Rabbit, and Cordite. In 2015 she was also included in Best Australian Poetry.
Rozanna Lilley was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, and grew up in South Perth. She moved to Sydney with her family when she was 11. Rose spent a number of years in Hong Kong, researching and teaching. She has had a varied career as an actress, an anthropologist, an autism researcher and an author.
These days she divides her time between Sydney and her home on the South Coast of NSW.
Her first poetry chapbook, The Lady in the Bottle, is a homage to the 1960s TV series ‘I Dream of Jeannie’. It will be published by Eyewear in the UK in 2022.