K.F. (Kevin) Pearson was born in Caulfield, Melbourne in 1946, and grew up on the working class side of the Racecourse. He has survived fire, lightning and gunshots, the last whilst head gardener at Koonunga Golf Course. He has been a steel tier in the building industry, once established a crosswords company and has worked in printing and as a publisher. He has also been an art critic, journalist, editor and anthologist. He returned to his ‘grey city’ of Melbourne after eighteen years away, including in the South Pacific and Adelaide. Black Pepper was founded in late 1994 by K.F. Pearson and Gail Hannah, initially in conjunction with Australian Scholarly Publishing.
K.F. Pearson’s books include Friendly Street Poetry Reader No. 5, (with Nancy Gordon) Messages of Things (Friendly Street Poets, 1984), The Orange Tree: South Australian Poetry to the Present Day (co-editor with Christine Churches) (Wakefield Press, 1986), The Penguin Book of Christmas Poems (co-editor with Chris Mooney) (Penguin, 1992), The History of Colour (Angus and Robertson, 1992), The Heights of Michu Picchu by Pablo Neruda (translator, Mattoid, 1992), Mosaics & Mirrors; Composite Poems (with Jennifer Harrison and Graham Henderson), Passion & War, A Flamenco Libretto, incorporating his translations from the Spanish, The Apparition’s Daybook and Melbourne Elegies. K.F. Pearson received a two year writing grant from the Australia Council in recent years. Black Pepper published Pearson’s sequel to The Apparition’s Daybook, The Apparition At Large, in 2006.
Kevin Pearson’s elegant poetry spills from a cornucopia of pictures and ideas. One experiences not a tug at the heart-strings but a colourful mind at work. It is sheer joy.
Rosemary O’Grady The Advertiser, 4 July 1987
Kevin reading at the Dan, 25 February 2017
Photo: Joe Dolce - Backdrop: lyn Van Hek
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