AustLit logo
Wendy Jenkins Wendy Jenkins i(A21676 works by) (a.k.a. Jenkins Wendy Elizabeth)
Also writes as: Jenna Kinsey
Born: Established: 1952 Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Wendy Jenkins has lived for most of her life in Fremantle, Western Australia. She studied Social Work at the WA Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) and was employed for a time as a psychiatric social worker with the Western Australian Mental Health Services. She has also worked as an Art Gallery Supervisor and an arts consultant.

Jenkins has been writing poetry since 1979, and her literary roles have included work as a publisher's editor, a manuscript editor and a creative writing teacher. Jenkins has also edited editions of the literary journal Salt.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2017 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to literature as an author, editor and publisher, and to mentoring and developing Australia's literary community.
1996 Varuna Fellowships Varuna Writers' Retreat Fellowship

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Rogue Equations Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2000 Z382505 2000 selected work poetry
2001 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
y separately published work icon Portrait : A West Coast Collection Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1986 Z358999 1986 anthology poetry short story
1986 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Special Award
Uneasy Rider 1979 single work short story
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 24 no. 2 1979; (p. 7-13) Decade : A Selection of Contemporary Western Australian Short Fiction 1982; (p. 252-259) Daughters of the Sun : Short Stories from Western Australia 1994; (p. 210-222)
1979 joint winner WA Sesquicentenary Literary Competition Short Stories by Western Australian Writers Award
Last amended 12 Jun 2017 11:17:52
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: