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Kate Fagan is an Australian poet, musician and academic.
She gained her PhD at the University of Sydney with a doctoral thesis on the poetics of Lyn Hejinian. She is now a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney in poetry. She is a former editor of How2, a US-based online journal of innovative poetry and poetics. She is also a songwriter and performer whose album Diamond Wheel won the National Film & Sound Archive Award for Best Folk Album.
Fagan comes from a family of folk singers and was strongly influenced by traditional ballads. She has said that, whether she writes songs or poems, she feels the same need to create a lyrical work, and that, to her, "lyricism is a heightened awareness of the music of relations between things".
She has published numerous poems in journals and has published several collections. It has been said of her poetry that it is characterised by a fractured language which incorporates the variety of everyday experience, and reflects the way the mind uses language to assimilate that experience.
Fagan is married to Australian poet Peter Minter and has two children.
Chapters in books
- Fagan, K. and Minter, P. (2010), 'Murdering Alphabets, Disorienting Romance: John Tranter and Postmodern Australian Poetics', The Salt Companion to John Tranter, Salt Publishing ISBN 9781876857769.
- Fagan, K. (2012), 'A fluke? [N]ever!: reading Chris Edwards', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
- Fagan, K. (2009), '"Originals of Revisable Originals": Sampling and Composting in the Poetry of Peter Minter, Paul Hardacre and Kate Lilley', Angelaki, 9.
- 2010, 3 Centos: Blackbox Manifold, Vol. 4
- 2010, "The Correspondence": Ekleksographia online journal
- 2011, Selection of poems in Thirty Australian Poets
- 2011, Selection of poems in HEAT magazine
- 2011, 'Poem in Spoken in One Strange Word, anthology of the 2011 Queensland Poetry Festival
- 2010, The Octet Rule
- 2010, ‘Workman, Honeyeater’: published in Poems to Share, an educational kit developed by The Red Room Company
- 2012, ‘Poems by Kate Fagan’ in Fifty-one Contemporary Poets from Australia
- 2012, First Light
- 2012, Poems by Kate Fagan
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