Jeanne Yvonne Kent

Jeanne Kent

Title: Educator, Artist, Poet
Location: Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States

Jeanne Kent, Artist and Poet, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in poetry and artistic education.

Ms. Kent was inspired to pursue an artistic career by her older brother, Paul Galarneau, a great painter. She also got her start as a poet at a young age—after she was voted class poet, she was given the opportunity to publish poems in the school newspaper. She gradually grew to admire her teachers, and was drawn towards art education, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1989. Ms. Kent dove into her teaching career, becoming a lecturer for Weymouth North High School in 1990 and 1993. Later, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Massachusetts in 2003. Throughout her more than 25 years as an art educator, Ms. Kent has worked in a variety of settings. She has worked as an art instructor at Leewards Arts and Crafts Store, Roslindale Communica, and as a poetry instructor at Roslindale Art Center and the It’s All About Arts Art Center.

In addition, for her work as a poet, Ms. Kent has been recognized with many awards. She received the First Prize Award from the West Roxbury Public Library Intergenerational Poetry Contest, First Prize in the Sonnet Contest from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, the John Holmes Prize from the New England Poetry Club, and the Harold Taylor Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among others. Her paintings have been displayed in various shows, exhibits, and locations. As a testament to her success as an artist, poet, and educator, Ms. Kent was featured in the 18th edition of Who’s Who in the World, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in America.

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