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John Kinsella was born in Perth in 1963. He studied at the University of Western Australia and travelled extensively through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is a prolific writer and author of over 25 books, and has published poems in literary journals internationally and has received a number of literary awards, including a Young Australian Creative Fellowship and a two-year Fellowship from the Literature Fund of the Australia Council. Since 1998, he has been International Editor for Arc Publications, with whom he has published four collections, the first of which, The Undertow: New and Selected Poems (Arc, 1996), was his first UK edition. His second collection for Arc, The Silo: A Pastoral Symphony (1997) was followed in 1999 by Landbridge: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry (also published by Arc in conjunction with Fremantle Arts Centre Press), which he edited. Lightning Tree was published in 2003, and America in 2006. His most recent collections include The Hunt, Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems, The New Arcadia and Shades of the Sublime & Beautiful. John Kinsella is also author of the critical works Disclosed Poetics: Beyond Landscape and Lyricism and Contrary Rhetoric: Lectures on Landscape and Language. His previous plays are collected as Divinations: Four Plays. His other work ranges across genres from short fiction to novels, libretti to autobiography. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.