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S. K. Kelen S. K. Kelen i(A23129 works by) (birth name: Stephen Kenneth Kelen) (a.k.a. Steve Kelen; Stephen K. Kelen)
Born: Established: 1956 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Born in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1956 S. K. Kelen is the son of Stephen Estaban Kelen and brother of Christopher Kelen (qq.v.). At the University of Sydney, he studied Philosophy and Literature and has worked as a Commonwealth Government public servant, a teacher of Creative Writing and a book reviewer.

Kelen is a prolific poet, his poetry having appeared in many journals such as Southerly, Scarp, Poetry Review, Heat, Meanjin and The Animist and also several anthologies and collections. He has served also as poetry editor at The Canberra Times. As well as teaching in the United States for a time, he has travelled widely in Asia and the Pacific. During a residency in Vietnam Stephen Kelen wrote prolifically, producing a chapbook of poems set in Vietnam which was published by The Gioi Publishers and sold in Hanoi.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Soldiers i "Sunsets, Dad and I walked the dog around the block", 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Montreal International Poetry Prize - 2017 Shortlist 2017; Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 9 no. 1 2019; (p. 61)
2017 shortlisted International Awards Montreal International Poetry Prize
y separately published work icon Island Earth : New and Selected Poems Blackheath : Brandl and Schlesinger , 2012 Z1842441 2012 selected work poetry

'As the title of his first collection indicates – The Gods Ash Their Cigarettes (1978) – right from the beginning of his career Kelen’s poems have stood out for their quirky titles and wry humour. Other notable features of his work are his strong and continuing interest in popular culture and his use of a contemporary colloquial voice.

'Like most of his generation, Stephen Kelen has been a great traveller so it is not surprising that he has written many poems dealing with life in countries outside Australia. While there are poems here dealing with many parts of the world, there is a particular focus on the USA and on Vietnam. In his travel poems Kelen is less interested in the natural world than in the man-made one and those who inhabit it: their lifestyles, beliefs, histories, and how these have both changed over time or resisted change. And, as always, he surprises us with his highly individual take on the familiar as well as the exotic.' (Publication summary)

2013 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
y separately published work icon Earthly Delights Canberra : Pandanus Books , 2006 Z1275421 2006 selected work poetry
2007 joint winner Australian Capital Territory Poetry Prize Judith Wright Award for a Published Collection by an Australian Poet Joint winner with Diane Fahey for Sea Wall and River Light.
2007 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Dinny O'Hearn Poetry Prize

Known archival holdings

University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy Australian Defence Force Academy Library (ACT)
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