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Poet, Writer, Scholar.


 Jade Rosina McCutcheon

After decades in theatre as a director and teacher in Australia and California, I have moved into the world of poetry and working with survivors of abuse in Oregon. My bio is on the last page 'C.V' if you are interested in my past experience. Now I am focused on poetry and injustice toward women. My poetry has been published in Australian poetry journals such as SCARP, ‘Leaves’ and ‘Wiradjuri’, in anthologies: 'Terra Incognita' (Bob Hill publishing 2019),'/pãn| dé| mïk/ 2020: An Anthology of Pandemic Poems' (Oregon Poetry Association 2021). My poem 'Fair Art' won second place in the Kay Snow Awards 2019 and 'Australian Bush Solstice' won runner up in the Kay Snow Awards 2017. My first poetry chapbook 'SMALL FEATHER' will be published by Finishing Line Press this September.


Radio Interview with Jade, KMUZ, Oregon. 2020.

Interviewed by Steve Slemenda.

Have a listen.



September 05, 2020

In Jade Rosina McCutcheon’s first published collection, we encounter an art fair that “arrives / in hottentot orange heat / and settles like a peacock / feather on an emerald field”; we observe a bag woman who gathers “galaxy dust / bag by bag”; and we contemplate a woman at a Melbourne train station who waits “for a / spirit beast / or a medicine woman / to follow the tracks / on her arm / make sense / of her life.” The imaginative poems in this debut chapbook give us a first
sample of McCutcheon’s penchant for striking and often surreal imagery. Here, words call to us, evoking “a madrigal circus of apricots / dressed as sirens / in the distance.”
—Paulann Petersen
Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita

Order your copy today from Finishing Line Press.

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Jade Rosina McCutcheon

Australian Bush Solstice

We party on the new pine deck

launch forth our summer joy

sautéed in garlic ginger echoes

bathed in Joni Mitchell’s chords.

The bush is loud, hysterical

Kookaburras spilling riot-red laughter

silent kangaroos

grazing, listening.

Our revelry bounces off full moon light

flashes between stampeding clouds

as a summer storm excites the air

crackling the blue-green gums.

Party into jasmine-mango

barbequed prawns drinking yeasty

bubbles watching clockwork spiders

spin yarns.

Then a moment lily still

paparazzi moonlight catches us

faces uplifted

silhouette stenciled

into lavender summer night.

Jade Rosina McCutcheon

Honorary mention, Kay Snow Awards 2018.