Jena WoodhouseJena Woodhousei(A24249 works by)(birth name: Jennifer MaySpurway)
Jennifer May Woodhouse; Jena Woodhouse-Neklyaeva; Jennifer Woodhouse; Jeni Woodhouse)
Born:Established:1949Rockhampton,Rockhampton - Yeppoon area,Maryborough - Rockhampton area,Queensland,;
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.])