Powell, Jenny

Powell, Jenny

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In Brief

Jenny Powell is a poet, performance poet and creative writing tutor. She is a graduate of John Dolan's poetry class at Otago University, and her poetry has been published in a wide range of literary magazines. Powell's collections include Sweet Banana Wax Peppers (1998), Hats (2000), and Ticket Home (2012). As an artist interested in collaborative work, Powell has published Double Jointed (2003) with ten poets of her choice, and Locating the Madonna (2004) with poet Anna Jackson.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Powell, Jenny (1960- ) is a poet, performance poet and creative writing tutor.

Jenny Powell was born in Dunedin. After a brief sojourn in Wellington, Powell returned to Dunedin where she continues to live.

In 1996 she graduated from John Dolan's Poetry Class at Otago University. Jenny Powell (who also published as Jenny Powell-Chalmers) has been published in Cadenza, Landfall, Percutio, New New Zealand Poets and Wildes Licht.

She was a finalist in the 2008 and 2009 Great Britain Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, short-listed for the 2009 UK Plough Poetry Prize and was a runner up in the 2010 UK Myslexia Poetry Competition.

Powell's collections include Sweet Banana Wax Peppers (HeadworX, 1998), Hats (HeadworX, 2000) and Four French Horns (HeadworX, 2004). As an artist interested in collaborative work, Powell has published Double Jointed (Inkweed, 2003) with ten poets of her choice, and with the poet Anna Jackson, Locating the Madonna (Seraph Press, 2004).

Writing in New Zealand Books, Michael Harlow describes Powell-Chalmers' first collection, Sweet Banana Wax Peppers, as, 'strikingly provocative and insightful, and nicely judged in the way language is deployed largely in counterpoint to the rush of sentiment and the edgy dance of feelings.’

Viet Nam: a poem journey was published by HeadworX in 2010 and Ticket Home thirty poems by Jenny Powell was released by Cold Hub Press in 2012. The latter collection was reviewed in Landfall NZ by Lyney Edmedes, 'Jenny Powell knows how to write a great poem; she knows lyricism and she writes with a cinematic theme and presence.' Her writing also featured in Ambit and Sentinel Literary Quarterly.

In 2011 she was a finalist in the Wales Poetry Competition and in 2012 she was shortlisted for the Janet Frame Memorial Award.

Powell is represented in an interactive display at the New Zealand Cricket Museum and she featured in the ANZAC Behind Every War There are Good Women Exhibition in 2013.

In 2013 Powell won the Dunedin Chinese Garden Poetry Competition.

Her poetry collection Trouble was published by Cold Hub Press in 2014.

Montecillo Child, Powell’s performance piece for voices, images and soundscape had its debut season at Toitu Otago Settler’s Gallery in 2015. It was produced by Talking House as one of the Gallipoli centennial commemorations.

Her true account of a woman who has no sense of her body, was published by Otago University Press in 2016. The Case of the Missing Body is the true and unusual story of Lily, who has no sense of her body. Desperate to try anything to ‘be normal’, Lily agrees to begin work with her physiotherapist in a gymnasium. One extraordinary day, working in the gym, Lily discovers she has shoulder blades. All her life she has thought people only felt their heads, with thoughts trailing along in and behind them. There is nothing easy about what is to follow. Neither Patrick (the physiotherapist) nor Lily could have predicted it.

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Updated July 2016.