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John Kinsella

John Kinsella is the author of more than thirty books. He has also 
edited and/or introduced dozens of poetry volumes by other poets. His 
many prizes and awards for his own work include The Grace Leven Poetry Prize, the John Bray Award for Poetry from the Adelaide Festival, The  Age Poetry Book of the Year Award, The Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Poetry (three times), a Young Australian Creative Fellowship from the former PM of Australia, Paul Keating, and senior Fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. His Poems 1980-1994 and volume of poetry The Hunt (a Poetry Book Society Recommendation) were published in May 1998 by Bloodaxe, UK. His other books include The Silo (Fremantle Arts Centre Press/Arc, UK, 1995/1998), The Undertow: New 
& Selected Poems (Arc, UK, 1996), Visitants (Bloodaxe, 1999), Wheatlands (with Dorothy Hewett in 2000), and The Hierarchy of Sheep (Bloodaxe/FACP, 2001). A novel, Genre, was published in 1997 (FACP) and Grappling Eros (stories) in late 1998 (FACP). A book of autobiographical writing, Auto, was published in 2001 (Salt). He was commissioned to create a textual adaptation of Wagner's Götterdämmerung for the 2003 Perth Festival, and is the author of four verse plays (collected as Divinations).

John Kinsella is founding editor for the international literary 
publisher Salt, a Consultant Editor to Westerly (CSAL, University of 
Western Australia), Cambridge correspondent for Overland (Melbourne, Australia), and International Editor of the American journal The Kenyon Review. He co-edited a double issue of Australian poetry for the American journal Poetry with Joseph Parisi, a special pastoral issue of TriQuarterly with Susan Stewart, and numerous other special issues of international literary journals.

John Kinsella is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, 
and was appointed the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College in the United States for 2001, where he was Professor of English until 2005. Professor Kinsella is at present a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and also Adjunct Professor to Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, where he was a founding Principal of the Landscape and Language Centre. His work has been or is being translated into many languages, including French, German, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, and Russian. His volume Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poems (selected and introduced by Harold Bloom), was published in 2003 by WW Norton in the USA and UK, and by FACP in Australia. Peripheral Light was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and won the 2004 Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Poetry; it was also a Washington Post recommended poetry book.

John Kinsella was senior poetry critic for the Observer newspaper (UK), and now reviews for Scotland on Sunday. A novel, Post-colonial, a critical volume (Spatial Relations, Manchester University Press, late 2006), a volume of lectures, and a book of short stories (Conspiracies, with Tracy Ryan) are forthcoming or recently published. WW Norton and FACP published his volume of poetry The New Arcadia in July 2005, while Arc (UK) has just released the poem-book, America. Melbourne University Press will publish his Fast, Loose Beginnings memoir in August 2006.



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