Author profile: Jennifer Martiniello

Jennifer MartinelloJennifer Martiniello is an award winning poet, writer, editor, publisher, photographer, visual artist and academic of Arrernte, Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent. Jennifer was awarded the Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature (2000), and was an ACT Creative Arts Fellow for 2003. Her poetry, prose and essays have been published nationally and internationally, and her work is studied by literature students at both the ANU and the University of Canberra.

Jennifer’s literary prizes include the Grenfell Henry Lawson Short Story Award and Statuette (1999), and the Banjo Paterson Prize for Poetry (2002); as well as multiple shortlistings, commendations and placings in major national and international literary awards, including the Ian St James International Short Story Award (2000), David Unaipon Award (1996-98), Marwarrgning Award (2002), ANUTECH Literary Award (1998), ACT Poetry Prize (2003-04), Banjo Paterson Short Story Prize (2002), Ginninderra Short Story Competition (2003), and the CJ Dennis Poetry Award (2002), to name a few.

Jennifer has published seven books, The Imprint of Infinity (Tidbinbilla Press, 1999); black lives, rainbow visions: indigenous sitings in the creative arts (Aberrant Genotype Press,1999); Writing Us Mob: New Indigenous Voices (Aberrant Genotype Press, 2000); Talking Ink from Ochre (Aberrant Genotype Press, 2002); New Dreamings, Indigenous Youth magazine (Aberrant Genotype Press, 2002); Voices & Spaces: Indigenous and Multicultural Writers in Dialogue, book + 8xCD set (Kemarre Arts, 2006); and 100 Success Stories (Aboriginal Hostels Ltd, 2007). She was Contributing Indigenous Arts Editor for Muse Magazine (2000-2001) and her first novel Blossoms of the Mulga is due to be completed in 2008.

Jennifer currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History (ACIH) at the ANU, and is a member of the artsACT/ATSIAB Strategic Arts Development Initiative Advisory Committee. She is a former Member and Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and has served on the Publishing Advisory Committee of Australian Studies Press, AIATSIS, the Advisory Boards of the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Australia (ACT Chapter), the ACT Writers Centre, and the Australia Council Multicultural Arts Advisory Committee. She has judged both the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, and is a founding member of the ACT Indigenous Textile and Glass Artists Group and the ACT Indigenous Writers Group.

Jennifer holds a BA in Visual Arts, a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, and has completed postgraduate studies in HRD (Community Development) at the University of Canberra. She lectured in Professional and Community Education and Teacher Education at the University of Canberra, taught the Writing Us Mob Creative Writing Courses for Indigenous Australians, Cultural Studies and Indigenous Art History at the Yurauna Centre, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), and currently teaches Indigenous Issues and Perspectives and Community Development at CIT. She lectures regularly on Indigenous Creative Writing and works extensively with Indigenous Australian communities and youth in urban, regional and remote Australia. Jennifer is also the Director of Kemarre Arts, specializing in Creative Arts Development Services and Indigneous Arts Marketing.

Talking Ink From Ochre New Dreamings The Imprint of Infinity

Black Lives, Rainbow Vision Writing Us Mob Voices & Spaces

100 Success Stories