Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Her first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming: A.D. 1887-1961 (2010, Presspress) won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry, 2010 and her first novel, Purple Threads (UQP), won the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer in 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing, 2012. Jeanine was awarded the 2017 Oodergroo Noonucal Prize for Poetry (co-winner) and was the winner the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize.
Her poetry and short stories have been published in Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation, The Journal for the Association European Studies of Australia, Southerly, Australian Poetry Journal, Antipodes, Overland and the Australian Book Review. Jeanine is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Fellowship to research Aboriginal writing since 1988; and has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative non-fiction. She teaches Creative Writing and Aboriginal Literature at the University of Melbourne. The manuscript for her second volume of poetry, Walk Back Over was highly commended in the Black&Write Indigenous Writing Fellowships, State Library of Queensland, 2016 and published by Cordite Press in 2018. Jeanine is currently working on her second novel.