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yonder blue wild by S. K. Kelen


‘Award-winning author S K Kelen beautifully explores the theme of travel in his collection Yonder Blue Wild. For some, travel is a benefit awarded to them by virtue of their class; for some it is a tool to attain an idealised version of the life they want to lead. For others, travel is something they have no choice in. The connecting thread is indeed a kind of escapism, and an attempt to express, through movement from place to place, one’s own humanity. In that expression hides stories untold.’

From Magan Magan’s review of S K Kelen’s Yonder Blue Wild, Cordite December 2019

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Born in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1956 S. K. Kelen is the son of Stephen Estaban Kelen and brother of Christopher Kelen (qq.v.). At the University of Sydney, he studied Philosophy and Literature and has worked as a Commonwealth Government public servant, a teacher of Creative Writing and a book reviewer.

Kelen is a prolific poet, his poetry having appeared in many journals such as Southerly, Scarp, Poetry Review, Heat, Meanjin and The Animist and also several anthologies and collections. He has served also as poetry editor at The Canberra Times. As well as teaching in the United States for a time, he has travelled widely in Asia and the Pacific. During a residency in Vietnam Stephen Kelen wrote prolifically, producing a chapbook of poems set in Vietnam which was published by The Gioi Publishers and sold in Hanoi.


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