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Kevin Brophy

Culture And Communication
performing arts and creative writing
australian poetry
contemporary poetry
arts & humanities
literary reviews
creative writing
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Kevin Brophy

Primary Interest
History of the cultural influence of psychoanalysis in Australia
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Kevin Brophy


Professor Kevin Brophy is the author of fifteen books of poetry, fiction and essays. His latest books are 'Misericordia' (Salt Wattle Press, 2016 - a chapbook), 'This is What Gives Us Time' (Gloria SMH Press, 2016 'Walking,: New and Selected Poems' (John Leonard Press 2013

He teaches mainly poetry and the art of the personal essay in the Creative writing program in the School of culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He is a chief investigator with a team of researchers in the ARC funded Discovery Project 'Understanding Creative Excellence: A Case Study in Poetry' (2013-2015). He is co-editor of the journal of Creative Writing theory, TEXT ( His areas of research interest are contemporary poetry, contemporary fiction, theories of creativity, arts education, and psychoanalytic theory. His poems, fiction and essays have been anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, Best Australian Essays 2009 and Best Australian Stories 2012 (Black Inc.), Australian Poetry since 1788 (UNSW Press 2011), Best Australian Essays: a ten-year collection (Black Inc. 2011), the MacQuarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (Allen & Unwin 2009), Australian Verse since 1788 (UNSW Press 2011), Australian Love Poems (Inkerman & Blunt 2013) and other publications. In 2009 he was awarded the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay. Kevin Brophy is a past Chair of the Board and present life member of Writing Victoria, Patron and Trust Fund Board member for the Melbourne Poets Union, member of the publishing Executive of Five Islands Press (2008-2013 ongoing), referee for New Writing (UK) and Americana Review, international editorial board member of Axon, adviser to IPSI (International Poetry Studies Institute) and founding member of Lines to Time, an association devoted to providing poetry at funerals of those otherwise unacknowledged. He has been a recent board member of Going Down Swinging (2009-12), four times a judge for the Victorian Premiers Literary Awards, and through Hit & Miss, the publisher of chapbooks by Melbourne poets. From 2001-2008 he was also a member of the Executive of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs. He has performed and read widely in Melbourne and regional Victoria. In September 2016 his poetry was included in a world premier performance of 'Nervous', a multi-arts project initiated by the sculptor Heather B Swann, at the National Gallery of Australia. In November 2016 he will beg part of a poetry, music and art performance in Rome, presented to Pope Francis as an Australian response to the ending of the Year of Mercy.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 196 most recent scholarly works by Kevin Brophy.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Calibre Prize: Major Essay Prize ($5,000) sponsored by CAL and ABR

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) & Australian Book Review (ABR)


highly commended for the Christina Stead Award

Fellowship of Australian Writers


Established Writer Fellowship $25,000

Australia Council


Martha Richardson Medal for Poetry

Ballarat Writers


Project Grant $10,000

Arts Victoria


short-listed for the Gleebooks Premiers Literary Award for non-fiction

NSW Ministry for the Arts


Project Grant $10,000

Arts Victoria


short-listed for the Vogel Award, for 'Visions', a novel

The Australian/Vogel






Culture And Communication

Member Of National Executive Body

Australian Association of Writing Programs

Honorary Life Member In Recognition Of Service On Committee Of Management And As Chair 1996-2001

Victorian Writers Centre

Patron Of The Mpu And Founding Member Of Trust Board

Melbourne Poets Union

Ordinary Member

Australian Society of Authors


Graduate Certificte in University Teaching

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Arts

University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Education

University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Applied Child Psychology

Phillip Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Arts

University of Melbourne