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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

Notes

  • 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 Displaced : A Rural Life Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2020 18449396 2020 single work autobiography

'John Kinsella's memoir of his rural life takes us deep into the heart of what it means to belong and unbelong. The joys and travails of childhood, adult addictions, missteps and changing directions are acutely captured in poignant and poetic detail. While centred on Jam Tree Gully in rural Western Australia, the memoir also moves between Ohio, Schull and Cambridge, mixing regionalism with an international sense of responsibility. What will strike the reader are the detailed observations of daily life, the engagement with topography and flora and fauna that embody the author's conviction that ‘all is in everything and that every leaf of grass is vital’.

'In his most intimate prose work to date, Kinsella never shies from writing about the violence and intolerance of those scared of difference, and the ways in which his ethics have sometimes been met with disdain or outright hostility. But with nuance and humour he also celebrates rural community and its willingness to lend a hand.

'At once tender, urgent and intelligent, Displaced is ultimately a call to personal action. ‘We all have choices to make.’ It argues through it vivid accounts of small acts of living for the values of pacifism, veganism, environmentalism and justice for First Nations peoples — the principles we just might need to heal our world.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 longlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
y separately published work icon False Claims of Colonial Thieves Broome : Magabala Books , 2018 12947060 2018 selected work poetry

'From well-known poets Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella comes a tete-a-tete that is powerful, thought provoking, challenging and unapologetic. Papertalk Green and Kinsella call into question what we think we know about our country, colonisation, land and identity. Each poem is part of a striking conversation that surrounds topics such as childhood, history, life, love, mining, death, respect and cultural diversity. This extraordinary publication weaves two differing lives and experiences together and rarely pauses for breath. Papertalk Green and Kinsella’s words traverse this land and reflect back to us all, our identity and how we got here.' (Publication summary)

2020 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature John Bray Poetry Award
2019 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
y separately published work icon On the Outskirts St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2017 11496393 2017 selected work poetry

Inspired by the natural worlds surrounding Tübingen in Germany, Cambridge in England, the village of Schull in southwest Ireland and the West Australian wheatbelt, Kinsella explores through his poems the protection and valuing of human and animal life, and the environment itself. Reflecting on how the local and international are in constant flux and exchange, these poems consider the plight of refugees, the degradation of the natural world, militarisation and the tensions of global violence. As Kinsella contemplates the failure of public memory to memorialise and adequately face the horrors of the past, he reflects on the unresolved issues of history such as Nazism (Germany) and colonisation (Ireland and Australia).

Influenced by William Blake's poetry and art, in particular Dante’s Divine Comedy, Kinsella evokes in his poems a strong relationship between the visual and textual. On the Outskirts is a work of strangeness and alienation, but also a work in which a light of redemption is sought — a rehabilitation in the human character and the healing power of 'nature'.' (Publication abstract)

2018 winner Australian Centre Literary Awards Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry

Known archival holdings

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