DR Jeanine Leane

DR Jeanine Leane




  • Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from southwest New South Wales. After a longer teaching career, she completed a doctorate in Australian literature and Aboriginal representation and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council grant for her project, ‘The David Unaipon Award: Shaping the literary and history of Aboriginal Writing in Australian’ that examines the growth and impact of Aboriginal writing on Australian literary culture since 1988. 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for Indigenous Poetry, 2010 and her first collection of stories, Purple Threads, won the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer in 2010. Her poetry has been published in Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation, The Journal for the Association European Studies of Australia and The Australian Book Review. Jeanine has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature. She teaches Creative Writing and Aboriginal Literature at the University of Melbourne. Her second volume of poetry will be published in 2017.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Prizes and Awards
    Purple Threads (UQP 2011 & 2014) Winner of the 2010 David Unaipon Award, Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize 2012, shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2012

    Dark Secrets After Dreaming: A.D. 1887-1961 Winner of the 2010 Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry, 7th Annual Australian Poetry Festival (published by Presspress)

    The Charles (Chicka) Dixon Scholarship for an Indigenous Post-Graduate Student University of Technology, Sydney 2006-2008

    2012- 2014 Discovery Indigenous Award ($40 000): Australian Research Council: Reading the Nation: A critical study of Aboriginal/ Settler representation in the contemporary literary landscape

    2014 – 2017 Discovery Indigenous Award ($ 558 270) Australian Research Council: The David Unaipon Award: Shaping the literary and cultural history of Aboriginal writing in Australia since 1989   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Technology Sydney 2011
  • Dip. Ed., University of Canberra 1985
  • BA, University of New England 1984