Jean Kent ‘Madeleines with Monet' Jean Kent reads Haiku


Jean Kent was born in Chinchilla, Australia, in 1951, and grew up in rural Queensland. Eight books of her poetry have been published: the most recent are The Hour of Silvered Mullet (Pitt Street Poetry, 2015) and Paris in my Pocket (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016). Her awards include the Anne Elder Prize, Dame Mary Gilmore Award, Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the Josephine Ulrick National Poetry Prize. In 2021, she was a co-editor of This Gift, This Poem, an anthology of poems offering solace and hope.
As well as occasionally teaching creative writing, Jean has worked as an educational psychologist and counsellor in TAFE colleges. She lives with her husband, Martin, at Lake Macquarie, NSW.
For more of her poems and occasional jottings, visit


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