Prof. Christopher KELEN

Prof. Christopher KELEN

Full Professor
(853) 8822 8251

Consultation Hours
Tuesdays 10:45-11:30; Fridays 10:45-11:30; Fridays 18:30-19:00

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Research Interests

Kit’s diverse research interests are centered on poetry and place-based poetics. He has published extensively on Macao poetry and over many years coordinated a series of pedagogic projects involving the translation of classical and contemporary poetry between English, Chinese and Portuguese. Recent funded projects include research on National Anthems in the Balkans, the Philippines and Australia; on-line collaborative writing; and story writing in Macao early childhood settings. With Prof. Björn Sundmark (University of Malmö), Kit edited an international volume of essays, Nations of Childhood, recently published by Routledge. Sequel to that volume is a project entitled Where Children Rule; this will be the subject of a colloquium of international Children’s Literature scholars at the University of Macau in December 2013.

Kit is interested in supervising MAs/ PhDs in the areas of creative writing (practice and pedagogy), place-based poetics, comparative studies of anthems, anthropomorphism in Children’s Literature.


Christopher (Kit) Kelen has taught Literature and Creative Writing in the English Department since 2000.Kit is a well known Australian poet, scholar and visual artist. Volumes of Kit’s poetry have been published in Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish and Filipino languages. French and Indonesian volumes are in preparation. The most recent of Kelen’s dozen English language poetry books are China Years – New and Selected Poems and a pocket kit. His next book of poems Scavenger’s Seasonwill be published by Puncher and Wattman in Australia in 2014. 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. Kelen has published two scholarly volumes about poetry: Poetry, Consciousness, Community (Rodopi 2009) and City of Poets – Exploring Macao Poetry Today(ASM, 2009). Kelen’s theoretical study of national songs, Anthem Quality: National Songs – A Theoretical Survey is forthcoming from Intellect Press in the UK. As series editor for Macao’s community publisher ASM, Kit has mentored many local writers, seeing through to publication numerous first novels and volumes of stories and poetry.

Selected Publications
  • Kelen, K. (2009). Poetry, Consciousness and Community. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Kelen, K. (2009). City of Poets: Exploring Macao Poetry Today. Macao: ASM.
  • Kelen, K. God Preserve me from those who want what’s best for me.
  • Kelen, K. To the Single Man’s Hut.
  • Kelen, K. The Whole Forest Dancing.
  • Kelen, K. In Conversation with the River.
  • Kelen, K. Selected Poems: The China Years.
  • Kelen, K. time with the sky [A poetry and painting catalogue in collaboration with visual artist, Carol Archer.]
  • Kelen, K. (2010). The scene of the crime. Frontier Skirmishes. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  • Kelen, K. and C. Archer. (2010). Macao monuments: in art, in poetry and in your face. Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces.
  • Kelen, K. and S. Pavkovic. (2010). Resurrection: a tale of two anthems sung by Serbs’. Nations and Nationalism. London: Basil Blackwell.
  • Kelen, K. (2010). Dredging up silt—reclaiming the river: poetic representations of Macao for the English language reader. Review of Culture, Macao.
  • Kelen, K. (2010). Going begging: casino culture and its contrasts as revealed in the new Macao poetry. Special Issue: City of Signs/Signs of the City. Culture Outbound.
  • Kelen, K. (2010). Somewhere salvation: responding to Romanian poets. Revista Transilvânia 1. Sibiu: Centrul Cultural Interetnic Transilvania.