Jane Kenyon’s poetic talents were first recognized while she was a student at the University of Michigan, when she was given the Avery and Jules Hopwood Award in 1969. Later she received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine in 1993 and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Along with Joyce Peseroff, Kenyon cofounded and coedited Green House, a journal dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary poetry and, in particular, representing contemporary female poets. She was also involved in readings and support activities for Alice James Books, a cooperative publishing venture that encouraged female authors. In 1986, Kenyon, with her husband, Donald Hall, visited China and Japan as visiting writers sponsored by the State Department Cultural Exchange. They visited India under similar auspices in 1991 and 1993.