A gay, light-hearted type, Ken Bolton cuts a moodily romantic figure within the dun Australian literary landscape, his name inevitably conjuring perhaps that best known image of him, bow-tie askew, lipstick-smudged, grinning cheerfully, at the wheel of his 1958 Jaguar D-type, El Cid. Bolton, a poet & art critic-a 'Sydney' poet living in Adelaide, & working there at The Experimental Art Foundation-is editor of Little Esther books and at one time edited the magazines Magic Sam & Otis Rush. Major publications include Untimely Meditations and At The Flash & At The Baci-and, more recently, The Circus, A Whistled Bit of Bop and Sly Mongoose.
Ken Bolton was born 1949, in Sydney. He published the magazines Magic Sam (1975 - 1981) and Otis Rush (1987 - 1996). Books include Four Poems, Blonde & French, Talking To You, a Selected Poems (Penguin, 1992), and the collections Untimely Meditations (1997) and At The Flash & At The Baci (2006) - and more recently The Circus and A Whistled Bit Of Bop in 2010 and Sly Mongoose in 2011. He has also published a great deal of poetry written in collaboration with poet John Jenkins. He edited Homage to John Forbes and wrote the artist's monograph Michele Nikou. In 2009 the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia published his Art Writing - Art in Adelaide, the 1990s & 2000s. Since 1982 he has lived in Adelaide where he is associated with the Experimental Art Foundation. He lives with author Cath Kenneally.