(born 1963) is an Australian poet, novelist, critic, essayist and editor. His writing is strongly influenced by landscape and he espouses an 'international regionalism' in his approach to place. He has also frequently worked in collaboration with other writers, artists and musicians.
Early life and work
Kinsella was born in Perth, Western Australia
. His mother was a poet and he began writing poetry as a child. He cites Judith Wright
among his early influences. Before becoming a full-time writer, teacher and editor he worked in a variety of places, including laboratories, a fertiliser factory and on farms.
Later poetry and writing
Kinsella has published over thirty books and his many awards include three Western Australian Premier's Book Awards
, the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry
, the John Bray Award for Poetry, and the 2008 Christopher Brennan Award
His poems have appeared in journals such as Stand, The Times Literary Supplement, The Kenyon Review, and Antipodes. His poetry collections include: Poems 1980-1994, The Silo, The Undertow: New & Selected Poems, Visitants (1999), Wheatlands (with Dorothy Hewett, 2000) and The Hierarchy of Sheep (2001).
His most recent book, Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poems, includes an introduction by Harold Bloom and his next poetry collection, The New Arcadia, was published in June 2005.
Kinsella is a vegan and has written about the ethics of vegetarianism. In 2001 he published a book of autobiographical writing, called Auto. He has also written plays, short stories and the novel Genre.
Kinsella has taught at Cambridge University where he is a Fellow of Churchill College and was formerly Professor of English at Kenyon College, where he was the Richard L Thomas Professor of Creative Writing in 2001.
Work as an editor and critic
Kinsella is a founding editor of the literary journal Salt
and international editor of The Kenyon Review
. He co-edited a special issue on Australian poetry for the American journal Poetry
and various other issues of international journals. He is a poetry critic for The Observer
Controversy over memoir
In 2006, Kinsella published a memoir entitled Fast, Loose Beginnings: A Memoir of Intoxications.
Poets Robert Adamson
and Anthony Lawrence
, displeased by the way they are depicted in the book, sent Kinsella a large number of threatening emails. Kinsella took out restraining orders against the two.