Jena Woodhouse holds an honours degree in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Queensland and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from QUT. She was a teacher of Russian for eight years. She is a fiction writer and poet whose entries were shortlisted in the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2013; and the Global Anthology for 2013; the ACU Prize for Literature 2013, and the Axel Clark Poetry Prize 2014. Her published translations include a translation from the Russian of a novel, His Battalion, by Vasil’ Bykov (commissioned by UQP); translations from the Russian of poems by Marina Tsvetaeva; and from the Greek, poems by Cavafy; and Yannis Ritsos.
Jena Woodhouse was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2011 and on retreat at La Muse (France) in 2014.