Dr Lisa Gorton
Dr Lisa Gorton

D.Phil (Oxon) BA (Hons)(Melb)

Dr Lisa Gorton (’89) is a Rhodes Scholar and a Melbourne writer best known as an outstanding poet, winner of the inaugural Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. The 2008 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry was awarded to her book Press Release.

Dr Lisa Gorton (’89) is a Rhodes Scholar and a Melbourne writer best known as an outstanding poet, winner of the inaugural Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. The 2008 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry was awarded to her book Press Release.

After Lisa completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the University of Melbourne, she completed a Masters in Renaissance Literature and a Doctorate on John Donne at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She was awarded the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies. While completing her doctorate, Lisa worked as a visiting tutor at Rhodes University, South Africa. Returning to Australia, Lisa worked at the consultancies McKinsey & Company and Scaffidi Hugh-Jones before taking up writing as an occupation.

Lisa writes poetry, essays, fiction and reviews. Lisa is Poetry Editor of Australian Book Review and serves on its Board. She has written two poetry collections, both with Giramondo: Press Release (2007) and Hotel Hyperion (2013). Lisa has also written the children’s novel Cloudland (Pan Macmillan, 2009) and edited the poetry anthology Best Australian Poems 2013 (Black Inc). Lisa’s poems have been included in national and international anthologies of Australian poetry. Lisa has recently published her first novel, The Life of Houses (2015), also with Giramondo.

Married to John Wentworth, Lisa has three children aged between four and 10. Her interests include Australian poetry, Renaissance English literature, women’s writing and her family.

November 2015