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John Kinsella John Kinsella i(A3690 works by) (a.k.a. John Vincent Kinsella)
Also writes as: John Heywood ; 'Ern Jr. Malley'
Born: Established: 1963 Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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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; he later became Professor of English there. He is also Adjunct Professor to Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, where he is a Principal of the Landscape and Language Centre. 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.

Most Referenced Works


  • John Kinsella won an Australian Literature Board Grant for 1996, but forfeited it and took up his Young Artists Creative Fellowship instead.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Art Broome : Magabala Books , 2022 24959053 2022 selected work poetry

'ART is the second collaborative poetry work from Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella. It is a formidable call and response piece that builds on the stunning dialogue the two authors began on paper in False Claims of Colonial Thieves (2018). While ART is a collaborative work, each poet’s contributions are presented independently. They showcase their talents in a dynamic exchange, working innovatively to present a poetic response to artworks.

'The focus of their attention is a series of paintings by the late Nyoongar painter Shane Pickett. Pickett’s work provides provocation for both poets to reflect on their own lives and histories on Nyoongar country. Their interwoven dialogue examines the politics of the contemporary art world, of museums, archives, and galleries.

'The book also features a conversation between Charmaine and Shane’s son Trevor Pickett, which discusses Shane’s life, influences and the significance of his painting and worldviews, along with a selection of visual works by Charmaine.' (Publication summary)

2023 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal

Known archival holdings

National Library of Australia (ACT)
University of Western Australia University of Western Australia Library (WA)
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