Stella Kent was born in Britain of a German mother. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, followed by a Master of Arts degree at The University of Tasmania in 1983. In 1996 she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Deakin University. From 1995-2002 she worked as a a tutor, then lecturer, in Drama and Scriptwriting at the Academy of the Arts at The University of Tasmania, Launceston campus.
Dr Kent has been a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Australian Writers Guild (AWG), the Australian National Playwrights Centre and the Tasmanian Writers Union.