John Kinsella is the founding editor of the international poetry magazine Salt. He is international editor of The Kenyon Review (USA). He is also a consultant editor to Westerly (CSAL, University of Western Australia) and the Cambridge correspondent for Overland (Melbourne, Australia).
Kinsella has been a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge since 1998. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. In 2001, he was appointed Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College (Ohio, USA) for the spring semester. In 2005 Kinsella proposed a School of Environmental Poetics and Creativity.
John Kinsella grew up in the city but also spent much of his youth, including three years of schooling, in country towns and on farms around Mullewa, Geraldton and in the south-west of Western Australia. Following studies at the University of Western Australia, he travelled internationally for a number of years. Kinsella is a vegan, a pacifist, an anti-nationalist and a supporter of animal rights. As a cultural commentator, he has made statements in support of Indigenous rights, including land rights, and gender respect.
'A man who never sleeps takes a cross-continent train journey into landscape and memory. A gregarious woman and a reclusive man move to an Irish village where history and tradition (the famine pit nearby, the festival of Halloween) enact their dark forces. In an Australian town dying from the encroachment of salinity, a young girl attempts to bring life to a dead dog.' (Publication summary)