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Ken Bolton, Australian poet. Recipient Michel Wesley Wright prize Melbourne University, 1990; Literature fellowship Australia Council, 1992.


Bolton, Ken was born on June 24, 1949 in Sydney, Australia. Son of Robert Arnold and Gloria Regina (Hutton) Bolton.


Bachelor, University Sydney, 1974.


In the late 70s he edited the poetry magazine Magic Sam and began the small press Sea Cruise Books with Anna Couani. His first book of poems, Four Poems, was published in 1977. In 1982 he moved to Adelaide to work at the Experimental Art Foundation.

He has since edited the literary magazine Otis Rush and collaborated with poet John Jenkins on a number of books of poetry. His Selected Poems was published by Penguin in 1992 and in 2005 Wakefield Press published his monograph on the contemporary sculptor His latest collection (At The Flash & At The Baci, 2006) has been described as "prov to us that Ken Bolton is a prime example of a poet breaking new ground in Australian poetry.".


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: art criticism, reading, music.


Robert Arnold Bolton

Gloria Regina (Hutton) Bolton