Jennifer Harrison completed her medical degree in 1979 and her psychiatrist training in 1990. She then went on to practise as a psychiatrist. She has lived for some time in the United States and New Zealand, and has travelled in the Himalayas. In 2004 she was awarded the Martha Richardson Poetry Medal.
'Colombine unusually contains two sets of ravish new poems, the title sequence and another called Fugue. The poems selected from her previous collections, from the Anne Elder Award-winning Michelangelo's Prisoners to her fourth book, Folly & Grief, illustrate the depth of her talent.' (Publication summary)