Jean Kent

Jean Kent was awarded a Retreat Fellowship at Varuna in 2006. Her eight books of poetry include Verandahs, which won the Anne Elder Prize and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and The Satin Bowerbird, which won the Wesley Michel Wright Prize. In 2011, Jean lived for six months at the Literature Board’s Keesing Studio, Paris, where she completed Travelling with the Wrong Phrasebooks (Pitt Street Poetry, 2012). Poems from her Varuna residency, including the sequence ‘The Broken Engagement’ (Commended in the 2007 Newcastle Poetry Prize), appear in The Hour of Silvered Mullet (PSP, 2015). Jean’s most recent book is Paris in my Pocket (PSP, 2016), a selection of poems with artwork by her husband, Martin. She lives at Lake Macquarie, NSW. Her poems and Jottings can be read on her website.