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Christopher (Kit) Kelen

Christopher (Kit) Kelen (客遠文) is a well known Australian poet, scholar and visual artist, and Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Macau, where he taught Creative Writing and Literature for many years. Volumes of his poetry have been published in Chinese, Portuguese, French, Italian, Swedish, Indonesian and Filipino. The most recent of Kit Kelen’s dozen English language poetry books are China Years – New and Selected Poems (ASM/Flying Islands) and Scavenger’s Season (Puncher and Wattmann). Kelen’s next collection of poetry, Poor Man’s Coat – Hardanger Poems  is being published by University of Western Australia Press in 2018.

The most recent of Kelen’s solo painting exhibitions were Next Stop is the Stars (Rui Cunha Foundation Gallery, Macao) in 2015,  Dotze Pinturas (Estudio Nomada, Barcelona) in 2016; and in 2017, Kelen’s exhibition up through branches – por árvores acima – was held at the SNBA (National Society of Fine Arts) Gallery in Lisbon.

With Björn Sundmark, Kelen has edited two major international collections on Children’s Literature – The Nation in Children’s Literature and Where Children Rule (both with Routledge). Kelen is currently working on a monograph (under contract with Routledge) about poetry, children and anthropomorphism.

Kelen’s research into national anthems dates back to the 1990s and he has published many articles on this subject. This work has culminated in the publication of two monographs – Anthem Quality – National Songs: A Theoretical Survey (Intellect/University of Chicago Press) and (with A. Pavkovik) Anthems and the Making of Nation States – Identity and Nationalism in the Balkans (I.B.Tauris).

For the last several years Kelen has been facilitating the translation of Chinese poetry into English and Australian poets into Chinese, projects which have so far produced a dozen large scale bilingual anthologies. Kit Kelen is the Editor of the new cross-arts international on-line journal the wonderbook and is Literary Editor for Postcolonial Text. In 2016, Kelen co-ordinated Project 366 – an international on-line community of practice, involving poets and visual artists.
In 2017, Professor Kelen has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Malmö, in Sweden.

Solo Exhibitions:

2017. Up Through Branches – Por Árvores Acima – SNBA (National Society of Fine Arts) Gallery, Lisbon.

2016. Dotze Pinturas, Estudio Nomada, Barcelona.

2015. Next Stop is the Stars, Rui Cunha Foundation Gallery, Macao.

2014. Pictures of Nothing at All. Painting and poetry exhibition, Macao Art Window, Macau Museum of Art.

2014. Last Patch of Blue. Butcher Gallery. Malmö, Sweden

2013. ‘Imagens de Nada’. Galeria do Salao Medieval, University of Minho, Braga, Portugual.

2012. ‘First Rungs on the Ladders of Whichway’. H.R. Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.

2010. ‘To the Single Man’s Hut’ — Exhibition of Watercolour and Ink Paintings to Accompany a Volume of Paintings and Poems of the Same Title, Fantasia Galleries, in Tap SNauru fauna eac, Macao.

2009. with C. Archer. Near and Far and Mainly Macao – in the Anthony S.W. Lau Exhibition Hall, University of Macau Library.

2008. PALIMPS-ink – Exhibition of Abstract Watercolour Paintings at the Albergue Gallery, Macao.

2007. Boats and Bridges- A Calendar in Sketches – Exhibition of (35) Paintings at CCI (Creative Macau), Macau Cultural Centre.

2006. Sketches of Macao: Some Views for the Island of Taipa – Exhibition of Watercolour Landscape Paintings at the Gallery of the International Library, University of Macau.

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