Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri woman from South-west New south Wales. A Doctorate in literature and Aboriginal representation followed a long teaching career at secondary and Tertiary level. Formerly a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Studies, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at ANU where she is currently a research fellow in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History. In 2010, Jeanine’s first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming: AD 1887-1961 won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry from the Australian Poets’ Union and her manuscript, Purple Threads won the David Unaipon Award at the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and was shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Jeanine was the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (2012 -2015) for her project; Reading the Nation: A critical study of Aboriginal/Settler representation in the contemporary Australian Literary Landscape and a Discovery Indigenous Award (2014 -2017) for her current project; The David Unaipon Award: Shaping the literary and cultural history of Aboriginal writing in Australia.