Australian poetry

Ali Alizadeh Interviews Paul Kane

Paul Kane is the Professor of English and Co-Associate Chair of English at Vassar College in the Hudson Valley, 75 miles north of New York City. In addition to being a prolific poet and scholar of American literature, he is one of the world’s foremost scholars of Australian poetry. He studied at the University of Melbourne as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia in 1984-85, and has, since 2002, served as Artistic Director of the annual Mildura Writers Festival. He is also the poetry editor of Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, and was recently named General Editor of the Braziller Series of Australian Poets. I caught up with Kane over a couple of coffees in Melbourne recently, and the following interview was the result of their conversation.

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No Poetry for Stella

Beginning in 2013, a major new literary gong – The Stella Prize – will be Australia’s annual acknowledgement of great works by women authors. It carries a $50,000 purse. That’s major, as it should be. The prize was proposed, attracted …

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Ali Alizadeh Reviews Philip Mead

Networked Language: Culture & History in Australian Poetry by Philip Mead Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2008 Once every decade, it seems, a scholar succeeds in writing an all-encompassing account of the practice and development of poetry in modern Australia. The 1980s …

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