Jenny Blackford is a poet and writer based in Newcastle, Australia. Her poems and stories have been published in Australian Poetry Journal, Cosmos Magazine, Westerly, the NSW School Magazine and more. Her poetry prizes during 2014 included first place in the Humorous Verse section of the Henry Lawson awards, second in the W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia and third in the ACU Prize for Literature. In 2013, Pitt Street Poetry published an illustrated pamphlet of her cat poems, The Duties of a Cat. Legendary feminist Pamela Sargent called her historical novella set in ancient Greece, The Priestess and the Slave, “elegant”.