Christopher Kelen

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Christopher Kelen
Born (1958-12-17) 17 December 1958 (age 59)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Pen nameKit Kelen
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
University of Western Sydney

Professor Christopher (Kit) Kelen (born 17 December 1958 in Sydney) is an Australian academic, writer and artist currently residing in Macao, China. He is the younger son of Hungarian-born Australian soldier, author, playwright and journalist Stephen (Istvan) Kelen OAM (1912-2003) and the younger brother of Australian poet Stephen K. Kelen (b. 1956).

Professor Kelen is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry and two novels. He has been published widely since the mid-1970s, and in 1988 won an ABA/ABC bicentennial award with his poem "Views from Pinchgut".[1]

In 1992 "The Naming of the Harbour and the Trees" won an Anne Elder Award.[2] Kelen was Writer-in-Residence for the Australia Council at the B. R. Whiting Library in Rome in 1996.[2]

Prof. Kelen currently teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Macau.[3]

Prof. Kelen has published several book-length scholarly works about poetry, including "Poetry, Consciousness and Community" (2009), "City of Poets" (2009) and "Anthem Quality" (2014).



  • The Naming of the Harbour and the Trees (1992)
  • Green Lizard Manifesto (1997)
  • Möbius (1998)
  • Republics (2000)
  • New Territories (2003)
  • Eight Days in Lhasa (2006)
  • A Map of the Seasons (2006)
  • Dredging the Delta (2007)
  • After Meng Jiao (2008)
  • China Years (2011)
  • Pictures of Nothing at All (2014)
  • Scavengers' Season (2014)
  • As to the Ladders of Whichway (2015)
  • A Pocket Kit (2) (2015


  • Punk's Travels (1980)
  • A Wager with the Gods (2006)


  1. ^ Kelen, Christopher, AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource, 20 November 2007.
  2. ^ a b TextJournal Oct. 98
  3. ^ "Department of English - Prof. Christopher KELEN". University of Macau. Retrieved 2010-01-27.