Kate Fagan

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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.[1]

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".[2]

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.[3]

Fagan is married to Australian poet Peter Minter and has two children.

Selected publications[edit]

Chapters in books[edit]

  • 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.

Journal articles[edit]

  • 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.

Other publications[edit]

  • 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[4]
  • 2012, First Light
  • 2012, Poems by Kate Fagan


  1. ^ "Kate Fagan Diamond Wheel". Katefagan.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Kate Fagan". Argotistonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Kate Fagan, The Long Moment. Salt Publishing. 108pp. ISBN 1-876857-39-0". Leafepress.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  4. ^ Kate Fagan (2012-07-24). "Poems by Kate Fagan". Jacket2. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 

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