Jan Colville was born in Melbourne, and moved to Tasmania in 1946. She has been a keen bushwalker and has covered much of Tasmania on foot. Her poetic inspirations are Robert Adamson, Mark Tredinnick, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins and most Tasmanian poets. Her poems cover autobiography, science, social commentary, the environment, philosophy and occasionally magic realism. She has been published in Blue Giraffe, Prospect and Famous Reporter. She was poet in residence for Australian Poetry at Jam Jar Café, Hobart for six months in 2012.