Doctor Kate Fagan

Doctor Kate Fagan

Senior Lecturer In Literary Studies,
Arts (sohca)


Dr Kate Fagan is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and a member of the WSU Writing and Society Research Centre. She founded the WSU Poetry and Poetics Project within the Centre, and co-directs it with Dr Ben Etherington. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of How2, the established U.S.-based journal of contemporary and modernist innovative poetry and poetics. Her current research interests include contemporary poetry and poetic theory; Australian poetry and literature; experimental poetics and narratologies; critical theorisation of links between poetic form and ontology; and crossings between poetics and contemporary music. She was a co-convenor of the 2016 'Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry' Conference at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also an internationally recognised poet and songwriter whose third collection of poetry First Light (Giramondo, 2012) was short-listed for both the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and The Age Book of the Year Award. Her album Diamond Wheel won the National Film and Sound Archive Award for Folk Recording. Current research projects include an extended study of Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann; research into the poetics of archives; a book-length manuscript of poems called Song in the Grass; a collection of essays on contemporary Australian poetry and poetics; and a co-edited collection of essays emerging from the "Active Aesthetics" conference (with Dr Ann Vickery, Deakin U).

This information has been contributed by Doctor Fagan.


  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA Hons Cl1 University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Editorial Advisory Board, How2 Journal (U.S.) (2000 - 2015)
  • Editor, Journal of Poetics Research (2013 - 2015)
  • Contemporary Women's Writing Association (2014 - 2015)


  • National Film and Sound Archive Award for Folk Recording 2006-04-13
  • AWGIE Award, Best Documentary (Soundtrack Composer) 2006-08-25
  • Jean Gilmore and Thenie Baddams Award, Australian Federation of University Women (S.A.) 1998-06-30
  • Thomas Henry Coulson Travelling Scholarship, University of Sydney 1998-06-30
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 1996-03-31
  • Jamieson Award, Australian Federation of University Women 1996-01-01
  • University Medal for English Literature, University of Sydney 1995-12-01


  • Poetry and poetics; Australian literature; poetic form and ontology; contemporary Aboriginal poetics; poetics and ecologies; literary and feminist theory

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Arts (sohca)


Phone: (02) 47360 396
Location: K.1.75A
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 100641 Approaches to Text
  • 101011 Writing Poetry

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100714 Humanities Research - Theories and Practices, 2015
  • 101978 Modern Australian Poetry and Poetics, 2017


Chapters in Books

  • Vickery, A. and Fagan, K. (2016), ''The whole reflected world shuddering' : active aesthetics and contemporary Australian poetry', Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry, Giramondo/Tuumba Press 9781931157148.
  • Fagan, K. (2016), 'Strange borders, double vision : Oxota as a work of trans-iteration', Aerial 10: Lyn Hejinian, Edge Books 9781890311322.
  • Fagan, K. (2013), '"Originals of revisable originals" : sampling and composting in the poetry of Peter Minter, Paul Hardacre and Kate Lilley', Poetry and the Trace, Puncher and Wattmann 9781922186331.
  • Fagan, K. and Minter, P. (2010), 'Murdering Alphabets, Disorienting Romance: John Tranter and Postmodern Australian Poetics', The Salt Companion to John Tranter, Salt Publishing 9781876857769.

Journal Articles

  • Fagan, K. (2018), 'Light improvisations : on Zanzibar Light by Philip Mead', Cordite Poetry Review, vol 86 .
  • Fagan, K. and Hejinian, L. (2017), ''A fable for now' : Kate Fagan interviews Lyn Hejinian', Cordite Poetry Review, vol 83, no Mathematics .
  • Fagan, K. and Flannery, T. (2017), 'In conversation with Professor Tim Flannery', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, vol 11, no 2 .
  • Fagan, K. (2016), 'Such human-scale signatures', Southerly: the Magazine of the Australian English Association, vol 24/10/2016 .
  • Fagan, K. (2016), 'Into the interior', Southerly: the Magazine of the Australian English Association, vol 06/10/2016 .
  • Fagan, K. (2016), 'Written to music', Southerly: the Magazine of the Australian English Association, vol 16/10/2016 .
  • Fagan, K. (2016), 'Night on our faces', Southerly: the Magazine of the Australian English Association, vol 03/11/16 .
  • Fagan, K. (2015), 'Thinking with things : object habitats and relational aesthetics in the poetry of Astrid Lorange and Pam Brown', Journal of Poetics Research, vol 1, no 2 .
  • Fagan, K. (2015), '"In a sense" : sonic phenomena, temporal scale and ecological encounter in Martin Harrison's "White-tailed deer"', Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, vol 2, no 2 .
  • Fagan, K. (2012), 'A fluke? [N]ever! : reading Chris Edwards', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol 12, no 1 .
  • Fagan, K. (2009), ''Originals of Revisable Originals': Sampling and Composting in the Poetry of Peter Minter, Paul Hardacre and Kate Lilley', Angelaki, vol 14, no 2 , pp 67 - 75.
  • Fagan, K., Kinsella, J. and Minter, P. (2009), 'Ecopoetics and Pedagogies', Angelaki, vol 14, no 2 , pp 1 - 5.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Heart Sayings', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Four Poems in 'Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry'', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Song in the Grass', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Shadow the Spring', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Dog in the Trees', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Thinking with Things', Published Work
  • 2014, 'A Selection of Poem Recordings for Lyrikline Website Project', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Hope Stone: Cento for Felix Minter', Published Work
  • 2013, 'First Light: Ten Centos', Recorded Work
  • 2013, 'This Big Big Love, Time to Come Rambling Home', Recorded Work
  • 2013, 'Inner Nature', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'Poems by Kate Fagan', Published Work
  • 2012, 'First Light', Published Work
  • 2011, 'Chrome Arrow in "The Best Australian Poems 2011", edited by John Tranter', Published Work
  • 2011, 'This Old Road, This Big Big Love', Recorded Work
  • 2011, '"Spoken in One Strange Word: Opening Night"', Recorded Work
  • 2011, '"Poetry Unbound"', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'Dadabase: Cento for Michael Farrell; A Little Song; Concrete Poem; Letter IV: On Reality; Letter XI: Agape (Reprise)', Published Work
  • 2011, 'Poem in "Spoken in One Strange Word", anthology of the 2011 Queensland Poetry Festival', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Poem in Best Australian Poems 2010', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Poems to Share', Recorded Work
  • 2010, '3 Centos: Blackbox Manifold, Vol. 4', Published Work
  • 2010, 'The Correspondence :Ekleksographia online journal', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Through a Glass Lightly: Cento for Beginners; Love of the Loveless: Cento for Tom Lee', Published Work
  • 2010, '"The Octet Rule"', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Bush Slam: Episode 4', Recorded Work
  • 2010, '"Authentic Nature," poem in Overland', Published Work
  • 2010, ''Workman, Honeyeater': published in 'Poems to Share' educational kit developed by The Red Room Company', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Selection of poems in "Best Australian Poems 2009", ed. R. Adamson.', Published Work
  • 2009, 'Selection of poetry and prose in "Bush Slam: Poems from the ABC TV Series", ed. E. Harding.', Published Work
  • 2009, '"Milk And Honey Land" by The Fagans', Recorded Work
  • 2007, 'Approaches to Evaluation of Affordable Housing Initiatives in Australia. National Research Venture 3: Housing Affordability for Lower Income Australians, Research Paper No. 7', Research Report
  • 2004, 'A Practical Framework for Expanding Affordable Housing Services in Australia: Learning from Experience', Research Report


Doctor Fagan is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The unsettlement in Michael Farrell's poetry Cocky's Joy
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Cultural Work: Writing about Albums as Cultural Artefacts.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Mapping the Arab-Australian Diaspora in Literature
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Poem as 'Structures' for 'A New Dawn : The Poetry and Political Writings of Peter Dale Scott
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: An Asian-Pacific Hybrid Blues Voice: ASyncretic Sonic Grit Journey from Ancient Chinese and Korean Musical Forms to 20th & 21st Century Rural Blues and Gospel Music
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts; Music
Thesis Title: Writers with Disability: The Significance of Henry Lawson, Alan Marshall and Les Murray in Australian Literature
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Twentieth-Century Feminist Literary Comedy in the Novels of Jean Rhys, Muriel Spark and Angela Carter.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Cataloguing Sydney: Blogging and the Classification of Urban Experience
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Poetry is When an Emotion has Found its Thought and the Thought has Found Words
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Walking for Food: Regaining Permapoesis
Field of Research: Language And Literature Not Elsewhere Classified; Creative Arts; Studies In Human Society; Earth Sciences
Thesis Title: "Hold on, Hold on to Your Old Ways": Nostalgia in Indie Folk
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts; Music
Thesis Title: Blocks of Liquid Theme: Barbara Guest Paints Out
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: Echoes and Polyphones: The Choral Poetics of Dan Beachy-Quick and Passage: New Poems
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: The Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge: Classification, Categorisation and Poetics
Field of Research: Society And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: How is soft architecture adopted as a theme or technique within poetics for exploring political, cultural and social aspects of everyday life?
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: A Case Study of Feminist Comedy in Muriel Spark's Robinson
Field of Research: Language And Literature Not Elsewhere Classified


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