States of Poetry 2016 - Victoria | About Kevin Brophy

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Kevin Brophy by Nick Walton-HealeyProfessor Kevin Brophy is author of fourteen books of fiction, poetry and essays, including This is What Gives Us Time (Gloria SMH, 2016) and Walking,: New and Selected Poems (JLP), shortlisted for the WA Premiers Poetry Prize. He was 2009 co-winner of ABR's Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay for his essay '“What’re yer looking at yer fuckin’ dog”: Violence and Fear in Žižek’s Post-political Neighbourhood’; his works appear in many Best Australian anthologies. He co-edits TEXT, an international journal for writing courses. In 2015 he was writer-in-residence at the Australia Council B. R. Whiting Studio in Rome. He is working with an Australian Research Council team investigating creative excellence. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.

States of Poetry

'A brief report'

'Before I speak'



'What we have been told'

Further reading and links

Working with Words: Kevin Brophy’ (Wheeler Centre interview)

Kevin Brophy's 2009 Calibre Prize winning essay '“What’re yer looking at yer fuckin’ dog”: Violence and Fear in Žižek’s Post-political Neighbourhood

'The Philosophy Exam' by Kevin Brophy (published in ABR in May 2014)

'The Sublime' by Kevin Brophy (published in ABR in June 2011)

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