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Ken Bolton (born 1949) is an Australian poet and art critic.

Bolton was born in Sydney and studied fine arts at the University of Sydney, where he also tutored.[1] In the late 70s he edited the poetry magazine Magic Sam and began the small press Sea Cruise Books with Anna Couani.[2] His first book of poems, Four Poems, was published in 1977. In 1982 he moved to Adelaide to work at the Experimental Art Foundation.[1]

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 he edited Brandl & Schlesinger's Homage to John Forbes. His criticism has appeared in Photofile, Art and Text, Art Monthly and Art & Australia among other periodicals; and Wakefield Press has published his monograph on the contemporary sculptor Michelle Nikou.

His latest collection (At The Flash & At The Baci, 2006) has been described as "prov[ing] to us that Ken Bolton is a prime example of a poet breaking new ground in Australian poetry."[3]



  • Four Poems. (Sea Cruise, 1977)
  • Blonde & French. (Island, 1978) ISBN 0909771189
  • Talking to You: Poems 1978-1981. (Rigmarole, 1983) ISBN 0090922252
  • Blazing Shoes. (Open Dammit, 1984) ISBN 0959115900
  • Airborne dogs, With John Jenkins. (Brunswick Hills, 1988) ISBN 0959092935
  • The Ferrara Poems, With John Jenkins. (Experimental Art Foundation, 1989) ISBN 0949836214
  • Two poems. (Experimental Art Foundation, 1990) ISBN 0949836265
  • Selected Poems. (Penguin, 1992) ISBN 0140586881
  • Untimely Meditations & Other Poems. (Wakefield, 1997) ISBN 1862544328
  • At The Flash & At The Baci. (Wakefield, 2006) ISBN 1862546924
  • The Circus. (Wakefield, 2006)

Non fiction

  • Michelle Nikou. (Wakefield, 2005) ISBN 1862546762
  • Art Writing: Art in Adelaide in the 1990s and 2000s. (CACSA, 2009)ISBN 9781875751341


  1. ^ a b "Ken Bolton Contents Page". Australian Literature Resources. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  2. ^ Minter, Peter; Ken Bolton (2005-04-29). "Ken Bolton in conversation with Peter Minter". Jacket Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Heather Taylor (2007-01-14). "Heather Taylor Johnson reviews Ken Bolton". Cordite Poetry Review. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 

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