Latest Posts & Publications
Welcome to my new website. (Most recent update: Feb 2017.)
My most recent published work is listed in this section. To see major projects I am working on, go to the main menu categories above. (Note: some of the work listed below may be included in new books in progress.)
Feb. 2017: I am chuffed that my short story, Through a Latte Darkly, has been shortlisted in the annual Margaret River Press Short Story Competition, and will therefore be published in the upcoming MRP anthology. This is a prestigious competition, and the anthology always beatifully produced and of a very high literary quality. The collection will be available in June, 2017. For more details, see: http://margaretriverpress.com/news/current-news/margaret-river-short-story-competition-shortlist-2/
My cautionary poem ‘Mr Menzies Shows Me My File’ from Growing Up with Mr Menzies is included in the recent anthology titled Contemporary Australian Poetry, edited by Martin Langford, Judith Beveridge, Judy Johnson and David Musgrave; published by Puncher and Wattmann, 2016: available from all good bookshops or via the publisher, at:
My The Beach of Pink Shells, a scifi/fantasy short story, was shortlisted in the competition held by the The International SciFi Film Festival, held in 2015 in Paramatta,NSW, and published on the Festval's website. See: http://scififilmfestival.com/2015/11/17/the-beach-of-pink-shells-john-jenkins/Young lovers meet on a deserted beach. But is it deserted and what does 'meeting' mean in the context of 'vast time'?
I am delighted that Travellers Tales of Old Cuba, ed. John Jenkins, 2002/2010/2014/2016 is still selling very well after going into several editions, the most recent in 2016. Published by Ocean Press. See the Books (non-fiction) section of this website for more details. Available via all good bookshops in Australia and internationally.
My two long poems, 'Charles Dodgson in Cheshire' and 'The Tent at Evening' were shortlisted and published in Connective Tissue, The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2015. For more on this prestigious prize, visit Hunter Writers Centre, at http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/newcastle-poetry-prize.html
I am very fond of these two long narrative/dramatic poems, one an homage to Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and the other about a dazzlingly formidable woman of the circus.
Two of my now out of print poetry books, A Break in the Weather and Dark River are now available FREE in an advanced, Kindle-friendly digital format, from FreedReads: See also the Poetry (books) menus of this website: http://www.johnjenkins.com.au/j2016/index.php/books/poetry.
Also the free pdf downloads of several out of print books on the home page.
Her ladyship is always nothing if not resourceful. So boring to be just one person, so why not be three people? And as for their particular time and place... well, that's also negotiable.
Kelly at The Mines part of the
, a sort of absurdist celestial comedy, was Heaven HQ
It's just more trains and motels for a travelling salesman, particularly one with an uneasy secret. But small towns always have someone looking through some window. This is a link to a free pdf of this story.
‘I Can read Now’, my poem from Growing Up with Mr Menzies is included in the charming anthology, Little Things: An Anthology of Poetry, edited by Loh Chin Ee, Angelia Poon and Esther Vincent, published by Ethos Books, Singapore, 2013. Available from good bookshops or via the publisher, at: https://www.ethosbooks.com.sg/products/little-things-an-anthology-of-poetry
My competition short-listed poem, ‘Henri Matisse, Spring Studio, Nice’, is included in Australian Love Poems, edited by Mark Tredinnick, published by Inkerman and Blunt, 2013/14; both editions now out of print, but may be available from Collected Works Bookshop, Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/Collected-Works-Bookshop-175023895845165/
My poem ‘Long Black’ is included in The Attitude of Cups, edited by Sue Stanford; published by MPU, 2011. Now out of print, but may be available from Collected Works Bookshop, Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/Collected-Works-Bookshop-175023895845165/
Two of my poems from Growing Up with Mr Menzies, ‘Six O’clock Swill’ and ‘Push this Wall Back’ are included in The Puncher and Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry, ed. John Leonard, 2009; still available from good bookshops or via the publisher at: https://puncherandwattmann.com/books/book/the-puncher-and-wattmann-anthology-of-australian-poetry/
My essay on decorative and place-marking sculpture is in Writing Art: a series of essays on the Nillumbik Art Collection, ed. Chris Marks, published by Nillumbik Shire Council, 2006: now out of print, but may be available from some libraries, see: http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/167157934?selectedversion=NBD49211542
My work goes back to 1970, and the above is just a recent sampler