Anne Frances Elvey


Anne Elvey

PhD (Monash), TheolM (MCD), BTheol (MCD), BSc (Hons) (Monash), Grad Dip Ed (Mercy College)

Anne Elvey received a PhD in Women’s Studies from Monash University in 2000 for her research on an ecological feminist reading of the Gospel of Luke, revised and published as An Ecological Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Luke: A Gestational Paradigm (Mellen, 2005). Her most recent books are Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts (a collection of essays co-edited with Keith Dyer assisted by Deborah Guess, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017); Ecological Aspects of War: Religious and Theological Perspectives from Australia (a collection of essays co-edited with Deborah Guess and Keith Dyer, ATF Press, 2016); Climate Change—Cultural Change: Religious Responses and Responsibilities (a collection of essays coedited with David Gormley O’Brien, Mosaic Press, 2013); Reinterpreting the Eucharist: Explorations in Feminist Theology and Ethics (a collection of essays coedited with Carol Hogan, Kim Power and Claire Renkin, Equinox, 2013); The Matter of the Text: Material Engagements between Luke and the Five Senses (Sheffield Phoenix, 2011); a new poetry collection White on White (Cordite Books, 2018), a poetry chapbook, This flesh that you know (Leaf Press, 2015) which was the international winner of the Overleaf Chapbook Manuscript Award 2015; and a poetry collection Kin (Five Islands Press, 2014) which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2015 in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She is managing editor of Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, and editor in chief with Melbourne Poets’ Union. Anne was editor of Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review from May 2012 to May 2017 and president of the Fellowship for Biblical Studies in 2011. Her research interests are in ecological poetics; ecological and feminist biblical interpretation; ecological feminism; the new materialism; Gospel of Luke; postcolonial biblical interpretation; and political theology. Anne has experience in higher education as a researcher, lecturer, tutor, supervisor, research assistant, research administrator, editor, copy editor and project officer. Her honorary institutional affiliations are as follows:

Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University

Honorary Research Associate, Trinity College Theological School, University of Divinity

Member, Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy, University of Divinity


  • PhD, 1996–1999, Monash University, awarded in 2000, for a thesis ‘Gestations of the Sacred: Ecological Feminist Readings from the Gospel of Luke’, supervisor: Dr Kate Rigby; examiners: Dr Elaine Wainwright and Dr Catherine Keller; shortlisted for the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal, Monash University
  • Theol M, 1989–1991, 1993–1994, awarded with first class honours, Melbourne College of Divinity, 1995; thesis ‘The Fertility of God: A Study of the Characterizations of Pseudo-Philo’s Hannah and Luke’s Mary’, supervisors: Dr Mark Coleridge and Dr Brendan Byrne; examiners: Dr Francis Moloney and Dr Michael Trainor
  • BTheol, 1979–1988, Melbourne College of Divinity, awarded 1989, with major in Biblical Studies
  • Four units completed in Foundations of Professional Writing Certificate, Holmesglen TAFE, 1986 (non-fiction writing and editing; poetry workshop; short story; myths and symbols in literature)
  • Grad Dip Ed (Secondary), 1978, awarded 1978, Mercy College, Institute of Catholic Education-State College of Victoria, with religious education and double mathematics methods
  • BSc (Hons), 1974–1977, awarded 1978, Monash University, with first class honours in pure mathematics, thesis ‘A Generalization of the Euclidean Algorithm’, supervisor: Dr Rod Worley

Current Research

  • Ecological Aspects of War—Religious Perspectives from Australia, research project with Keith Dyer and Deborah Guess
  • Reading with Earth: Contributions of Feminism and the New Materialism to Ecological Hermeneutics (book project)
  • A Decolonising Eco-aesthetic Approach to the Lukan Magnificat (book project)


Poetry Publications
Recent Readings and Festival Appearances
  • Electric Arc Furnace Ecopoetry Special Edition, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield UK, 6 September 2017
  • Ecopoetry Reading and Discussion with Helen Moore, Bonny Cassidy, Stuart Cooke, Michael Farrell and Anne Elvey, hosted by Plumwood Mountain journal, Collected Works Bookshop, 8 March 2017
  • Melbourne Poets Union, 25 May 2016
  • Sporting Poets, Brunswick, 15 November 2015
  • Poetry at the Gods, Canberra, October 2015
  • Bendigo Writers Festival, 6-8 August 2015
  • Braidwood Two Fires Festival, 15-17 May 2015
  • Sapphos, Glebe, NSW, 12 May 2015
  • Castlemaine Poetry, 28 September 2014
  • Poets at Watsonia, 20 May 2014
Radio Interviews and Podcasts
  • Verity La podcast: Episode 5: Anne Elvey and Phillip Hall on Ecopoetry, interviewed by Alice Allan
  • 3 CR Spoken Word, 1 December 2016: Sanctuary poem, ‘Sanctuary 267’ by Anne Elvey, performed by Ezra Bix, Di Cousens and Anne Elvey
  • 3 CR Spoken Word, 2 January 2016
  • 3 CR Spoken Word, 2 September 2014
  • Radio Adelaide, Writers’ Radio, October 2010
  • In her song ‘Cargo’, Jacqui Carter’s adapts my poem ‘Cargo? … notes for another way’
Prize Judging
  • Jurist for the NAHR-AP Ecopoetry Residency Award, 2017 (with Dan Disney and Jennifer Scappettone)
  • Judge of The FAW John Shaw Neilson Award, 2016
  • Judge of The FAW Anne Elder Award for a first poetry collection, 2014 (with Garth Madsen) and 2015 (with John Di Mase)
Poetry Editing
  • Managing Editor, Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics; poetry editor for issues 1:1 (Feb 2014), 1:2 (Aug 2014), 2:1 (Feb 2014)
  • Editor in Chief, Melbourne Poets Union, from January 2016
  • Chapbook editor, Melbourne Poets Union, from 2013
  • Editor of chapbooks: Elizabeth Beaton, Unbroken Circle (MPU, 2017); Yvonne Adami, Tidal (MPU, 2017); Joan Katherine Webster, Summoning the Whirlwind (MPU, 2016); Katherine E. Seppings, When Embers Dance (MPU, 2015); Judy Keighran, Shorelines (MPU, 2013)
Poetry Awards, Commendations and Short Listings (past 10 years)
  • Awarded a Writers Victoria Writing@Rosebank Fellowship 2011, undertaken in Feb-Mar 2012
  • 2016 ‘Corymbia Ficifolia’, Shortlisted for the New Shoots Poetry Prize
  • 2016 ‘Dragonflies and other visitations’, Finalist in the Grieve Poetry Prize
  • 2016 ‘Prelude to a Voice’, Shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize
  • 2015 Kin (5 Islands, 2014), Shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize
  • 2015 ‘Triduum’, Highly Commended in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize
  • 2015 ‘This flesh that you know’, International Winner of the Overleaf chapbook competition
  • 2012 ‘Bayside Suburban’, Shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize
  • 2011 ‘Taking leave of no. 5’, Shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize
  • 2009 ‘Claimed by Country’, Shortlisted in the PressPress Chapbook Award
  • 2008 ‘Christmas Holidays at Home’, Winner of the Page Seventeen Poetry Competition
  • 2008 ‘Cinders’, Shortlisted in the Page Seventeen Poetry Competition
  • 2008 ‘Putting on Your Boots’, Highly Commended in the Max Harris Poetry Award

Research Activity

See Research page


Summary 2012 to 2016 (past 5 years)
  • Editor, Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review, from May 2012 – June 2017
  • Managing Editor, Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, from 2013
  • Administrative Officer, Ron Pretty Poetry Prize, Five Islands Press, from June 2016 – March 2017
  • Project Officer, Course Development Panel, University of Divinity, from February – December 2016
  • Copy Editor, Vox: The University of Divinity Magazine, from February 2015 – October 2016
  • Replacement Tutor, Poetry Writing and Poetry Appreciation Workshops, Blackburn Neighbourhood House, April-May 2014
  • Research Assistance and Editing, freelance, University of Divinity, from 2014
  • Supervisor, University of Divinity, PhD student working on ‘Prayer in a Quantum Evolutionary Universe’, from 2013 to present; Associate supervisor, University of Sydney, 1 PhD student working on Creation narratives and Place, 2013–2015; University of Divinity, MA 12,000 word research essay ‘Death and Dying: Establishing a basis for a theological framework, through the lenses of ecological feminism (Plumwood), Resurrection Theology (Bachelard) and natality (Jantzen)’, 2016; University of Divinity, MA, 12,000-word research essay, principal supervisor, for Bridget Agius, ‘Spirit’ (co-supervisor, Deborah Guess), 2014
  • Associate Teacher, United Faculty of Theology, semester 1, 2013, semester 1, 2012
  • Warden’s Research Associate, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, October 2012 to 2014
  • Course Writer, Adult Faith Online, Broken Bay Institute, New South Wales, 2012 (Introduction to the Gospel of Mark; Introduction to Ecological Theology)

Current memberships of professional and related organisations

  • ASLEC-ANZ (Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture—Australia and New Zealand)
  • Australian Catholic Biblical Association
  • Australian Poetry
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy
  • Copyright Agency Limited
  • Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria)
  • Fellowship for Biblical Studies
  • Melbourne Poets’ Union
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Writers Victoria

Service on working groups and committees (past 5 years)

  • Member of the Council of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) (2012 to present)
  • Board member of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy (2014–2016)
  • Convenor, MCD-based cross-institutional research group on Ecological Spirituality and Theology, 2008–2012
  • Convenor, MCD-based cross-institutional research group on Phenomenology and Theology, 2006–2010
  • 2011 President of Fellowship for Biblical Studies
  • Co-convenor with Gordon Preece of Responding to the Anthropocene Seminar, Collins Street Baptist, 19 July 2017.
  • Co-convenor with Keith Dyer of The Legacy of War: Ecojustice Perspectives on Australia’s Involvement in the Middle East, Seminar, Whitley College, Parkville, 20 March 2017
  • Co-convenor (with Keith Dyer and Deborah Guess) of Ecological Aspects of War: Religious Perspectives from Australia Symposium, 28 September 2015
  • Co-convenor (with David Gormley O’Brien) of the Climate Change-Cultural Change: Religious Responses and Responsibilities Symposium, 29 October 2011
  • Panel Member, Member of panels for re-accreditation of higher education programmes, in the capacity of academic specialist, for the NSW Department of Education and Training, 13 September 2010 and 22 August 2011
Wider Community
  • Committee member of Melbourne Poets Union, 2013–2015
  • Committee member of Plumwood Inc, 2012–2015