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Judith Crispin is a poet and photographer. Her works are variously published and exhibited in Australia and Europe. Judith’s first book of poetry, The Myrrh-Bearers, was published in 2015 by Puncher and Wattmann. Her most recent book, The Lumen Seed, photographs, poems and commentaries, was published by Daylight Books in January 2017.

Since 2011, Judith has spent part of each year living and working with Warlpiri people in the Tanami desert. With the help of Warlpiri friends she has traced her own Aboriginal ancestry back to Coranderrk mission–a search still very much a work in progress. Judith’s writing often explores themes of displacement and identity loss.

When not in the desert, Judith resides in the bush outside Canberra with her family, two cats, a labrador and a dingo puppy she rescued from the remote outback. She is working on a new illustrated verse novel­ centred loosely around bicultural illegitimacy and relationship with country, entitled ‘The Dingo’s Noctuary’.

Judith has created and directed two major social justice photography projects–The Julfa Project, which preserved photographic records of a destroyed Armenian cemetery and digitally reconstructed the site from new and existing images; and Kurdiji 1.0, an Aboriginal suicide prevention app, which strengthens resilience in young indigenous people by reconnecting them with community and culture.


Published poetry
The Lumen Seed, (New York: Daylight Books, 2017)
The Myrrh-bearers, (Sydney:Puncher & Wattman, 2015)

Two poems, Take Five, ed. Kathy Kituai (2017)
Five Poems on Jerry Jangala who, like the sparrowhawk, conceals within himself another self, The Canberra Times (May 2017)
Five poems in Spanish and English, Catalogue of the 26th Medellin International Poetry Festival (May 2016)
Two poems on Henry Jackamarra Cook, December Journal, (7/2016)
Five Threnodies on Maralinga, Axon Issue CI: Poetry on the Move (2015)
Light Picture, The House is not Quiet and the World is not Calm, an Anthology of Canberra poetry, ed. Geoff Page & Kit Kelen, (2015)
Three Poems, Open Windows: an English-Chinese anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry, (IPSI 2015)
Märchen, three poems with nine images, Axon: Creative Explorations, issue 2 (3/ 2012)

Published Images
“Lajamanu Country: a visual essay.” Arena Magazine issue #148 Visual Essay (2017) 26-37
Online exhibition, Social Documentary, The Lumen Seed, 2017
Verity La Journal, cover image (Neil Jupurrula at Watfish Waterhole) for the Australia Day edition, 2016.
Burnt Umber, Paul Hetherington. UWA Press, 2016. Cover Artwork.
Rabbit 14, Deviations, March 2015. 12 images.
Different Windows, Paul Hetherington. UWA Press, 2013. Cover Artwork.
100 Canberra Houses, Tim Reeves and Dr Alan Roberts. Halstead Press, 2013. Three photographs.
BETA, developments in photography ezine, August 2012. 10 page spread.
Bluecanvas issue 14, December 2012. Six works.
Axon Journal, issue 2 (March 2012). Eight works from Märchen.
Photo Review Australia Magazine, 2011, “Self-diptych” also a Billboard image at the entry to the city of Ballarat for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB’11).
Poetic Terrorism: by a selection of female self-portrait artists, (ed.) Helene Deroubaix, 2009. Six works.
Olivier Messiaen: the Centenary Papers, Ed. J. Crispin. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010. Cover Artwork.

Melbourne Photography Festival, The Lumen Seed, September 2017
Auckland Photo Festival, Projected images and Photobook talk, The Lumen Seed 2017
Atkins Technicolor, 7 images and launch of The Lumen Seed, 2017
Online exhibition, Social Documentary, The Lumen Seed, 2017
The Julfa Project, collaboration with Drew Baker. LA, 2106 (large projections, 3D visualisations, ten images)
The Julfa Project, collaboration with Drew Baker. The Soap Factory, Rome Italy, September 23-26, 2016 (large projections, 3D visualisations, 10 images)
Weltraum, Curated show. Adelaide Shimmer festival (5 works)
Magnet Galleries, February 2016, Women at Work. (5 works)
Julfa Cemetery, DH2015 conference, University of Western Sydney, June 2015 (Oculus rift visualisation, 10 images)
Photonet retrospective, June 2015 (two works)
Pingyao International Photography Festival, September 2014, curated by Jeff Moorfoot core exhibition Wizards of Oz (5 very large works)
BIFB Collection 2015, July 2015.
BIFB Collection 2014, August 2014.
Magnet Gallery Melbourne, March 2014. Curated show The Well-Spring (6 works).
Nearly Birds, collaborative show with Paul Hetherington (poet) and Victoria Royds (sculptor), Belconnen Arts Centre, January 2013 (12 large works, sculpture and poems)
Nearly Birds, Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, May 2013
Nearly Birds, St. Arnaud Town Hall artspace, November 2013
Märchen, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Photography 11A, January-February 2012 (13 works).
Magnet Gallery Melbourne, June 2013. Curated show Earth (4 works)
Photonet Gallery Melbourne, March 2013. Curated show Windows (9 works).
Ballarat International Foto Biennale Reprieve, Federation Square, Melbourne, June 2012. Curated show (5 works)
Manning Clark House Canberra, May-June 2012. Curated show Washi (4 works).
Photonet Gallery Melbourne, April-May 2012. Curated Show Fire (5 works).
Photonet Gallery Melbourne, March-April 2012. Curated show Washi (4 works).
Photonet Gallery Melbourne, February-March 2012. Curated show Branches of Olive (8 works).
The Cartographer’s Illusion, Core Program Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB’11), August 20-Sept 19, 2011 (26 works).
Simulacra, 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin, June 2011 (21 works).
Beelzebub’s Tales, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Febr. 2011 (21 works).
Brunswick Street Gallery Melbourne, August 2011. Group show (single work).
New North Gallery, June-July 2011. Curated show (single work).
Brunswick Street Gallery Melbourne, April 2011. Group show (single work).

Other writing
“Laika, shaman-dog of the Soviet space race, and collective guilt: a short essay on Olli Heikkonen’s ‘When Laika, abandoned in space, barks’”  in Take Five, ed. Kathy Kituai (2017)
24 April 1915: Australia’s Armenian story over a century” by Vicken Babkenian and Judith Crispin in Honest History: Beyond Anzackery (New South, 2016)
‘Sitsky in his 80th year’. Resonate Magazine, Australian Music Centre, September 2014.
‘The Poet and the Guru: Understanding René Daumal in the light of Gurdjieffian Philosophy’. Axon: Creative Explorations, issue 6 (September 2014).
Crispin, Marshall, Riddell & McAlary, Recovering a Lost Armenian Cemetery: A Pilot Project. Text, cover image and 55 images of 130.
‘A Reflection on Photography’, One Thousand Words about Photography, Issue one May 2013.
“The transcendence of musical time: Text and temporality in Busoni’s Doktor Faust and Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise” in Time and Space in Words and Music, New York: Peter Lang, 2011.
“Introducing Larry Sitsky’s New Ending for Ferruccio Busoni’s Doktor Faust”. Ereignis und Exegese–Musikinterpretation und Interpretation der Musik. Festschrift für Hermann Danuser, ed. Camilla Bork, Tobias Klein, Burkhard Meischein, Andreas Meyer and Tobias Plebuch, Schliengen (Germany): Edition Argus 2011.
“Messiaen’s Transcendent Angels and the Ten Duino Elegies of Rilke”, in Olivier Messiaen: the Centenary Papers, Ed. J. Crispin. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.
Olivier Messiaen: the Centenary Papers, ed. J. Crispin. (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2010)
“The Esoteric Legacy of Ferruccio Busoni”, in Music and Esotericism, ed. Laurence Wuidar, Amsterdam: Brill. 2009.
“The Nuctemeron of Sitsky” Current Issues in Music, (Vol II 2008) pp. 7 – 39. Canberra: Southern Voices, ISSN:1447–7939.
The Esoteric Musical Tradition of Ferruccio Busoni and its Reinvigoration in the Music of Larry Sitsky: The Operas Doktor Faust and The Golem. (New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007)

“On Freezing, Notes on a series by Boryana Katsarov”, BIFB’15 Catalogue, 2015.
“Preface” Dheerasekara, J. (catalogue) Manuwangku: under the nuclear cloud. Blurb, 2013.
“Preface” Hetherington, P & Anita Fitton. Spectral Resemblances. Blurb, 2013.
“Introduction” FIRST: Spun, an Anthology of Poems. University of Canberra Press, 2012.
“Preface” Sitsky, L. Doktor Faust, an ending.
“Preface” Catalogue of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, 2011.


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