Bronwyn has a passion for language and storytelling, and has loved writing since she was a little girl. She studied cinema and creative writing at the University of Sydney as well as the University of Melbourne, where she was the recipient of the H.B. Higgins Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Poetry and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award for Performing Arts.
In 2019, Bronwyn completed her PhD at Flinders University in Adelaide, where she researched depictions of female astronauts in space narratives and gender discrimination in the space industry. Her controversial essay “Science Fiction’s Women Problem”, published by the Conversation and ABC News Online, gained international attention and was a finalist for the 2017 CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in Humanities and Social Sciences. Her article “Cosmic careers and dead children: Women working in space in Aliens, Gravity, Extant and The Cloverfield Paradox” was published in Science Fiction Film & Television‘s special edition “When the astronaut is a woman”.
Bronwyn’s poetry has been published in numerous publications, including Best Australian Poems, Australian Poetry Journal, Award Winning Australian Writing, Antipodes, Meanjin, Southerly, Cordite Poetry Review, Verity La, Mascara, Rabbit, Australian Love Poems, The Global Poetry Anthology, Strange Horizons and The Rhysling Anthology.
Bronwyn has won the Val Vallis Award (2017) and the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize (2013), and been shortlisted for the Fair Australia Prize (2018; 2017), the Judith Wright Poetry Prize (2017), the Newcastle Poetry Prize (2013), the Bridport Prize (2013) and the Montreal International Poetry Prize (2011).
She was a judge for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, a speaker at the Australian Youth Humanities Forum, and has read at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Bendigo Writers Festival, the Williamstown Literary Festival, La Mama Poetica and on ABC Radio National.
Bronwyn’s love of words and stories has taken her to opposite ends of the country and the globe: from writing and editing children’s books in the UK, to teaching in remote communities in Cape York and Arnhem Land, to being an artist-in-residence on Flinders Island in the Bass Strait, to interning at Poets House in New York City.
2020 Arts SA: Independent Makers and Presenters grant
2020 Varuna and Write On Door County Lamplight Residency
2020 Varuna Publisher Introduction Program: Shortlisted
2018 & 2016 Science Fiction Poetry Association: Rhysling Award Candidate
2018 Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund scholarship
2018 & 2017 Fair Australia Prize: Shortlisted
2017 Judith Wright Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
2017 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award
2017 Australian Space Research Conference Best Student Oral Presentation: Runner-up
2017 CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Finalist
2016 Ian Potter Cultural Trust: Individual Artists Grant
2016 Arts SA: Independent Makers and Presenters Development Grant
2016 Eleanor Dark Foundation: Tyrone Guthrie Writing Exchange
2015 Varuna Writers House: Residential Fellowship
2015 Australian Postgraduate Award
2014 Arts Victoria: VicArts Grant
2014 Australian Poetry: Online writer-in-residence for June
2014 Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre: Emerging writer-in-residence
2013 Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize: Highly Commended
2013 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize: Commended
2013 Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize
2013 Bridport Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
2013 Flinders Island Mountain Seas Arts Program: Artist-in-residence
2013 Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards: Shortlisted
2013 Bendigo Writers Festival Poetry Slam: Third prize
2013 Fish International Poetry Contest: Longlisted
2013 Varuna Publisher Fellowship: Shortlisted
2013 & 2012 Doire Press International Poetry Contest: Shortlisted
2012 Australia Council for the Arts: ArtStart Literature Grant
2012 Bendigo Writers Festival Poetry Slam: Silver Medal
2012 Eyre Writers Awards Free Verse Poetry Section: Commended
2012 Brunswick Poets & Writers Workshop 38th Annual Literary Competition: Shortlisted
2011 Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition: Second prize
2011 ZineWest Competition: Commended
2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
2011 Rossgill Media Travel Writing Contest: Shortlisted
2011 Bard of the Stables Poetry Competition: Commended
2011 Hannah Barry Memorial Award for Performing Arts
2011 H.B. Higgins Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Poetry
2011 University of Melbourne Above Water Creative Writing Competition: Shortlisted
2011 Sydney Road Writers Competition Short Piece: Written Section Winner
2011 South Eastern Centre for Sustainability Environmental Poetry Competition: Open Written SectionWinner
2011 & 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival Poetry Idol: Finalist
2010 Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup: Encouragement Award
This poem appeals because it best demonstrates the importance—to both writing good poetry and to leading a more contented life perhaps—of paying close attention; of seeing as opposed to looking; of really listening as opposed to having perfect hearing; of actively joining the dots as opposed to waiting for life to get up and hit you over the head.
~ Judge’s comments on my Commended poem in the 2012 Eyre Writers Annual Literary Awards
This is a whimsical and… delightful celebration of the self—of the sheer joy (at least sometimes!) of being alone, free from duties and social obligations.
~ Judge Shane McCauley’s comments on my Commended poem in the 2013 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize
Doppler Shift by Bronwyn Lovell has the authority of considered experience, and commands attention.
~ Judge Jennifer Compton’s comments on my Highly Commended poem in the 2013 MPU International Poetry Prize
Highly skilful verse novel. Not a word out of place. Narrative seamless, intriguing and beautifully rendered.
~ Varuna the National Writers’ House 2014 peer assessors’ comments about my science fiction poetry manuscript
In ‘Quietly, on the way to Mars’, Bronwyn Lovell opens a space for the discussion of human evolution and the unknown. This dazzling lyric and narrative poem courses a similar trajectory to such other transformative feminist poems as Adrienne Rich’s ‘Diving into the Wreck’. Lovell’s poem houses shadows, a sense of the past and a curiosity concerning them; it sustains a speculative quality and maintains a fascination with the psychology of law and relationships; it is compelling for its wit, its command of striking language, its sense of quiet achievement.
~ Judges Stuart Barnes and Michelle Cahill’s comments on my winning poem in the 2017 Val Vallis Award
The moon-shaped music of Bronwyn Lovell’s ‘Moon’ would eventually not let itself be forgotten.
~ Judges Ali Cobby Eckermann and Toby Fitch’s comments on my shortlisted poem in the 2017 Judith Wright Poetry Prize