Jean Kent (poet)

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Jean Kent
Born (1951-08-30) 30 August 1951 (age 67)
ResidenceLake Macquarie, NSW
OccupationPoet
Known forPoetry
Websitejeankent.net.au

Jean Kent (born 30 August 1951) is an Australian poet.

Education[edit]

Jean Kent was educated at the Glennie Memorial School in Toowoomba and graduated from University of Queensland with Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology. She has worked in vocational guidance, educational guidance of disabled children, counselling of students and staff in TAFE colleges and, most recently, teaching creative writing.[1] Jean now lives on the New South Wales north coast, which is a feature in her verse, as well the memories and experiences formed in youth and childhood in South East Queensland.[2]

Literary career[edit]

Kent has published stories in many of Australia's quality literary magazines such as Overland, Westerly, Outrider, Imago, Australian Short Stories and Meanjin as well as in the American-based Antiopodes. She has published five poetry collections. Travelling with the Wrong Phrasebooks included poems about her travels in Paris and Lithuania. Her latest The Hour of Silvered Mullet contemplates her rural past and lakeside present and was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2015.[2]

Awards[edit]

  • Josephine Ulrick National Poetry Prize (1999)[3]
  • Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry (1998)[4]
  • the Association for the Study of Australian Literature's Mary Gilmore Award (1991)[5]
  • FAW Anne Elder Poetry Award (1990)[6]
  • Henry Kendall Poetry Competition (1988 and 1989)[2]
  • the National Library Poetry Competition (1988)[7]

Works[edit]

  • Verandahs (Hale and Iremonger, 1990; republished by Picaro Press, 2009),
  • Practising Breathing (Hale and Iremonger, 1991),
  • The Satin Bowerbird (Hale and Iremonger, 1998)
  • The Spaghetti Maker, a chapbook of selected poems, was published by Picaro Press in 2002
  • Travelling with the Wrong Phrasebooks (Pitt Street Poetry, 2012)[1]
  • The Language of Light (Association of Stories in Macao and Cerberus Press, 2013)
  • The Hour of Silvered Mullet (Pitt Street Poetry, 2015)[1]

Critical reaction[edit]

Martin Duwell writing in Australian Poetry Review described Travelling with the Wrong Phrasebooks as "an immensely likable collection, so likable that readers may miss some of its sophistication, thinking it no more than a set of poems about travels in France and Lithuania. It is actually a good deal more than that."[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pitt Street Poetry". About Jean Kent. PItt Street Poetry. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "University of Southern Queensland". Public Memory Research Cluster. University of Southern Queensland. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  3. ^ "AustLit". Poetry prize past winners. Griffith University. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013.
  4. ^ "AustLit". Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry - recipients. AustLIt.edu.au. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  5. ^ "ASA Mary Gilmore Award". Mary Gilmore Award Previous Award Winners. Association for the Study of Australian Literature. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  6. ^ Anne Elder Award
  7. ^ "AustLit". National Library Poetry Competition Recipients. AustLit. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Review of Travelling with the wrong phrasebooks". Australian Poetry Review. Martin Duwell. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2013.

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