by George J. Dance

Ken Taylor (born 1930) is an Australian poet.


Taylor was born in Ballarat, Victoria. He trained and worked as a journalist, joining the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1962. In 1965 he won a Harkness Fellowship to study in the United States, where he studied literature at Cornell University.[1]

His first collection of poetry was Two Poets (with Kris Hemensley) in 1968. In 1975 he published his first major collection, At Valentine's and other poems.[1]

Recognition Edit

Taylor's 2000 poetry collection, Africa, won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry in 2001.[2]


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Australian Poetry Library. [2]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ken Taylor, Oxford Companion to Australian Literature,, Web, Mar. 24, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ken Taylor (1930- ), Australian Poetry Library, Web, Mar. 24, 2012.
  3. Kris Hemensley (1946-), Australian Poetry Library, Web, Mar. 24, 2012.

External linksEdit

  • Ken Taylor in the Oxford Companion to Australian Literature.
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