DR Kay Are

DR Kay Are


  • Academic Teaching, Arts
  • Creative Writing & Poetics
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Posthumanism & Quantum Cultures



  • I am a writer, maker and researcher in the broad field of the environmental humanities. I am thinking through how we might re-vision the material spaces and technologies of creative writing practice and pedagogy, using quantum mechanical precepts and posthumanist philosophy. I am working to discover what this thinking might do to my writing, and to students' writing, and to writing as a concept. And alongside this, I hope to learn what writing teaches science: creative writing as a mode of feminist science studies. Part of this project entails investigating models of kinetic teaching and learning, like object-based learning, which supposes that the sensory and embodied nature of scholarship can be channelled into making new things, and well. This research informs some of my current work as an academic in Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne (where I also studied as an undergraduate, and where I taught Spanish and Latin American Studies 2006-2016, and Creative Writing 2010-2016). Another part of this research involves writing – conceptual, fictocritical, site-responsive and collaborative writing, and experimental translation. Some of the objects that come out of this research have been published around the place, including verbo-visual pieces in exhibitions, but others aren’t ready yet. (I like the work of making, more than I do the work of being out around the place). In 2019, I am working on producing one creative and one scholarly monograph, and also a drifting-book, a sea-sponge book – an evolving, community-grown, web-based handbook for writing practice. It’s a vision, still, and open to morphing.   


Member of

  • Writers Victoria. Member 2016 -
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs. Member 2012 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Western Sydney 2015
  • Ba (Hons), University of Melbourne 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to work with students of creative writing, particularly in experimental practice and/or the environmental humanities. Poetry, fiction, verbo-visual, conceptual, hybrid work very welcome. Theoretically taxing work welcome too. Feminist, post-humanist, post-structuralist, materialist approaches are my own default modes, but I'm happy to dilate those horizons.