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Jean Kent Jean Kent i(A6935 works by) (a.k.a. Alice Jean Cranley Kent)
Also writes as: Jean Sharp
Born: Established: 1951 Chinchilla, Chinchilla area, Chinchilla - Miles - Wallumbilla area, Darling Downs, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Jean Kent grew up in rural Queensland. She began publishing poems and fiction in 1970 while she was studying for an Arts degree in psychology at the University of Queensland. She has also worked as a TAFE counsellor while writing and her poems and stories have been widely published in Australian literary magazines and anthologies. Kent has won numerous prizes for her poetry and in 1988 she was a joint winner of the National Library Poetry Prize. Both her first book of poems Verandahs (1990) and her second book of poetry Practising Breathing (1991) have won awards. In Practising Breathing, Kent introduces social issues such as suicide and the death of a child. In 1994 she was awarded a residency at the Nancy Keesing Studio in Paris.

Much of Kent's poetry draws on her childhood memories and in Verandahs, for example, she writes of her parents' and grandparents' homes in Southern Queensland and of her invalid father sitting on his verandah in the afternoons. Her poems also focus on her work as a counsellor.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2010 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Six month residency at the Keesing studio, Paris, 1 February 28 July 2011
2007 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $30,000 for poetry writing.
2004 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers

Awards for Works

The Polish Guitarist's First Paris Concert i "In the dark womb of his guitar, Henryk's future", 2009 single work poetry
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 68 no. 4 2009; (p. 252-253)
2009 inaugural winner Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards Dorothy Porter Award for Poetry
Travelling with the Wrong Phrase Books 2003 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 50 no. 2005; (p. 146-150) The Best Australian Poetry 2006 2006; (p. 31-37)
2003 winner Somerset National Poetry Prize
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