Contributors / September 2014 (Issue 25)

Christopher (Kit) Kelen
ImageChristopher (Kit) Kelen is an Australian poet, scholar and visual artist, and Professor of English at the University of Macau, where he has taught Creative Writing and Literature for the last fourteen years. Volumes of his poetry have been published in Chinese, Portuguese, French, Italian, Swedish and Filipino languages, and an Indonesian collection is currently in preparation. The most recent of Kelen's dozen English language poetry books is China Years – New and Selected Poems. His next volume of poems Scavengers Season is being published by Puncher and Wattman in 2014. At the time of writing Kelen’s poetry and painting exhibition Pictures of Nothing at All is on display at the Macao Museum of Art. Prior to that, the most recent of Kelen’s half dozen solo painting exhibitions was held in 2013 at the Galeria do Salao Medieval, Largo do Paco, Braga, Portugal. For the last several years Kelen has been facilitating the translation of Chinese poetry into English and Australian poets into Chinese, projects which have so far produced a dozen large scale bilingual anthologies. He has also published two scholarly volumes about poetry: Poetry, Consciousness, Community (Rodopi, 2009) and City of Poets – Exploring Macao Poetry Today (ASM, 2009) and his theoretical study of national songs, Anthem Quality, was published in 2014 by Intellect Press in the UK and the University of Chicago Press. Kelen is the Editor of the new cross-arts international on-line journal The Wonderbook and Literary Editor for Postcolonial Text. (Oil portrait of Kit Kelen by Sue Taylor) [Art]

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