Articles by Judith Rodriguez

Rodriguez was born Judith Catherine Green in Perth and grew up in Brisbane. She was educated at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, and graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts. She then travelled to England, where she received a Master of Arts from Cambridge University in 1965, where she met her first husband, Colombian Fabio Rodriguez.

Јudith Rodriguez’s ten published collections include her excellent New And Selected Poems (UQP). Recent publications include The Cold (National Library of Australia) and “The Hanging of Minnie Thwakes”, a ballad and lyrics in Kerry Greenwoood’s collection On Murder: True Crime Writing in Australia (Black Inc, 2002). She has collaborated with Robyn Archer on a play, Poor Johanna, and with Sydney composer Moya Henderson on the opera Lindy, produced by Opera Australia in the Sydney Opera House in 2002. She has edited several important anthologies, and during the 1990s she edited Penguin Books’ Australian poetry list. Judith is an Honorary Fellow of Deakin University. She remains heavily involved in the work of International PEN and Friends of the ABC.

Her Books:

Four Poets (with Rodney Hall, David Malouf, Donald Maynard, Cheshire Press, Melbourne, 1962)
Nu-Plastic Fanfare Red (Paperback Poets, University of Queensland Press, 1973)
Water Life (University of Queensland Press, 1976)
Shadow Upon Glass (Open Door Press, 1978)
Mudcrab at Gambaro’s (University of Queensland Press, 1980)
Witch Heart (Sisters Publishing, 1982)
New and Selected Poems (University of Queensland Press, 1988)
The Cold (Pamphlet Poets, National Library of Australia, 1992)
The Hanging of Minnie Thwaites (in On Murder: True Crime Writing in Australia ed. Kerry Greenwood. Black Inc, 2000)
Terror: poems (for Terror! The Exhibition, Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre, 2002)


“A lifetime devoted to literature”

    A LIFETIME DEVOTED TO LITERATURE In your twenties you knew with elegiac certainty you would die young. Your father’s heart attack tallied, a verification. Thirty was your worst year: the thirties fatal...