Jena Woodhouse i(450 works by) (birth name: Jennifer May Spurway) (a.k.a. Jennifer May Woodhouse; Jena Woodhouse-Neklyaeva; Jennifer Woodhouse; Jeni Woodhouse)
Born: Established: 1949 Rockhampton, Rockhampton - Yeppoon area, Maryborough - Rockhampton area, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Poet and fiction-writer Jena Woodhouse grew up on a farm on Queensland's Capricorn Coast. As a somewhat isolated child, she regarded books as her best friends. She later completed an honours degree in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Queensland (graduating with first class honours), and an additional triple major in English and Australian literature, and women's writing. Her other qualifications include a Diploma in Education also from the University of Queensland. Woodhouse received an Australian/Greek Travel Award for 1987-88, and lived and worked in Greece for a total of ten years. Her employment history includes posts as a tutor in Russian, a freelance fiction and poetry editor, an examiner in the Cambridge and Michigan Certificate examinations in English (for four years, in Greece), a sub-editor and features writer for an Athens-based subsidiary of the International Herald Tribune, and teaching English to immigrants and refugees. She is the translator of Vasil' Bykov's novel, ''His Battalion", published by UQP in their Soviet and East European Literature series, 1981, and also poems by Yannis Ritsos , Marina Tsvetaeva, Constantine Cavafy, Vera Pavlova and Olga Sedakova.

Jena Woodhouse has a Master's degree in Creative Writing (QUT 2003) and is completing a PhD in Creative Writing. Her publications include the words for the song-cycle River Songs (1990), with music by Betty Beath. She was awarded a Fellowship at Hawthornden International Writers' Retreat (Scotland) in 2010. (Source: Biographical summary courtesy of the author.])


  • In 2008 Jena Woodhouse was awarded The Martin Downey Urban Realist Award (Melbourne Poets Union) for her poem 'Quinton Street: A Pied a Terre.'
  • In 2008, Jena Woodhouse won the 2008 Martin Downey Award for Urban Realism for her poem 'Quinton Street: a pied-à-terre.'

    Jena Woodhouse's poems Return of the Prodigal and Evening Stroll by the Canal appeared in the May 2016 Booranga Writers Centre newsletter.

  • Other works outside Austlit's scope include:

    'From Chile, A Source of Inspiration', Dance Australia, issue 18 December 1984-February 1985 pp 24-26

Personal Awards

2016 shortlisted University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize for 'My Father's Eyes'
2016 shortlisted University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize for 'Why can't the mind'
2015 recipient The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Creative Residencies Award One month residency in Athens, 1-31 December 2015

Awards for Works

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