Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from south-west New South Wales. Her first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming: A.D. 1887–1961 (Presspress, 2010) won the 2010 Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry and her first novel, Purple Threads (UQP),won the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer in 2010. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation, Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia, Journal for the Association of Australian Literary Studies, Australian Poetry Journal, Antipodes, Overland, Best Australian Poems, Lifted Brow, Southerly and Australian Book Review.

In 2017, Jeanine was the winner of the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize, and she has twice been the winner of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize (2017, 2019). In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Australian Catholic University National Poetry Prize. Her poetry also features in art exhibitions, installations, promotional material and public transport. Jeanine’s second volume of poetry, Walk Back Over, was released in 2018 by Cordite Books. In 2019 Jeanine was the recipient of the Red Room Poetry Fellowship. She has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative non-fiction poetry and prose. Jeanine is the recipient of an Australia Research Council grant on Aboriginal literature: Aboriginal Writing: Shaping the literary and cultural history of Australia, since 1988. She teaches creative writing and Aboriginal literature at the University of Melbourne.


Jeanine Leane reads 'Tracks Wind Back'

Jeanine Leane reads 'Kumbilor – hill in my Country'

Jeanine Leane reads 'Evening of the day'

Jeanine Leane reads 'Bridge over the River Memory'