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John Kinsella Australia

John Kinsella was born in Perth in 1963. He studied at the University of Western Australia and travelled extensively through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is a prolific writer and author of over 25 books, and has published poems in literary journals internationally and has received a number of literary awards, including a Young Australian Creative Fellowship and a two-year Fellowship from the Literature Fund of the Australia Council.

John Kinsella;s most recent volumes of poetry are Insomnia (Picador, 2019), Tangling with the Epic (with Kwames Dawes, Peepal Tree, 2019) and Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems 1980-2015 (Picador, 2016). His most recent books with Arc Publications are The Wound (2019), Samson Agonistes (2018), Comus: A Dialogic Mask (2008) and America (A Poem) (2005). His volumes of stories include In the Shade of the Shady Tree (Ohio University Press, 2012), Crow;s Breath (Transit Lounge, 2015) and Old Growth (Transit Lounge, 2017). His volumes of criticism include Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley (Liverpool University Press, 2010) and Polysituatedness (Manchester University Press, 2017).

He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of Literature and Environment at Curtin University, but most relevantly he is an anarchist vegan pacifist of over thirty-five years and has spent his life resisting fascism. He believes poetry is one of the most effective activist modes of expression and resistance we have.He wishes always to acknowledge the traditional and custodial owners of the land he comes from – the Ballardong Noongar people, the Whadjuk Noongar people, and the Yamaji people.

John Kinsella is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. From 1998 to 2015, he was International Editor for Arc Publications.

i am a vegan anarchist pacifist of 32 years. i am editor and international editor of a number of well-known literary journals and have had over 30 books of poetry, prose etc published. i am a literary critic and cultural commentator. i am a supporter of worldwide indigenous rights, and an absolute supporter of land rights - without which, i agree, there can be no reconciliation. i am against nationalism and the centralised nation-state - which i see as the root of many evils. i believe that the 'control' of language is the most significant factor in resisting colonisation, invasion, and oppression. i believe in decentralised community living, the equality of humans and animals, and respect for the land. i am totally against any form of violence. and finally, i believe in cultural and gender respect. brothers and sisters together!!

(2020)

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