PROF Kevin Brophy

PROF Kevin Brophy


  • Contemporary Australian fiction
  • Contemporary Australian poetry
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Creativity, creative arts education, creativity and consciousness
  • French surrealism
  • History of the cultural influence of psychoanalysis in Australia
  • Psychoanalysis and creativity
  • The teaching of creative writing



  • 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    


Member of

  • Australian Association of Writing Programs. member of national executive body 1997 -
  • Victorian Writers Centre. Honorary Life Member in recognition of service on committee of management and as chair 1996-2001 1990 -
  • Australian Society of Authors. ordinary member 1980 -
  • Melbourne Poets Union. Patron of the MPU and founding member of Trust Board 1980 -



  • Neon September 15, 2009 12:00 AM - October 4, 2009 12:00 AM

Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Competitive Grants, Awards and Prizes
    2013: ARC Discovery Project 'Understanding Creative Excellence' (2013-15): $350,000 2013: e-learning and teaching initiative gran (with Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane)t $40,000 2010: CCRAG Grant for establishment of Lines to Time $3,000 2009: Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay 2006: Australia Council Established Writer’s Grant $25,000
    2002: Arts Victoria Project Grant $10,000
    1997: Arts Victoria Project Grant $10,000
    1996: Arts Victoria Project Grant $2,000
    1986: Australia Council New Writers Fellowship $17,000
    1974: Australia Council New Writers Fellowship $2,500   


Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2011
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1997
  • MA English, University of Melbourne 1991
  • DipEd, University of Melbourne 1989
  • GDipPsych, Phillip Institute of Technology 1981
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1972

Awards and honors

  • Calibre Prize: Major Essay Prize ($5,000) sponsored by CAL and ABR, Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) & Australian Book Review (ABR), 2009
  • Established Writer Fellowship $25,000, Australia Council, 2006
  • highly commended for the Christina Stead Award, Fellowship of Australian Writers, 2006
  • Martha Richardson Medal for Poetry, Ballarat Writers, 2005
  • Project Grant $10,000, Arts Victoria, 2002
  • short-listed for the Gleebooks Premiers Literary Award for non-fiction, NSW Ministry for the Arts, 1999
  • short-listed for the Vogel Award, for 'Visions', a novel, The Australian/Vogel, 1984



Available for supervision

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