Kevin Densley



Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)

Graduation year



Waurn Ponds


Kevin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) in 1988. He appreciated the Deakin difference during his studies, which encouraged his love of writing poetry and plays.

Kevin’s latest book-length poetry collection titled Orpheus in the Undershirt has been described as his best to date.

Interview with Kevin

Can you tell us about your time at Deakin? Is there anything you especially remember?

Deakin was a very enjoyable period. In its early days, when I was there, I felt a particular sense of freedom was present, freedom to learn and enjoy life at the same time.

What has been your journey since finishing your course? Briefly outline your career path prior to your current role.

My journey has involved writing poetry and plays and the occasional educational screenplay. I also teach in the tertiary sector at various locations, both metropolitan and regional.

Current position

I would describe myself as a roaming casual academic and freelance writer.

What has been the biggest influence on your career?

My time as a student at Deakin. I went on to obtain a Postgraduate degree elsewhere, which was a fine thing, but it was not as formative an institution as Deakin.

Have you always wanted to pursue the kind of career you have embarked on? If so, when and how did you realise?

Yes, and I realised this during my BA studies.

What advice would you give graduates wanting to pursue a similar profession?

Stay true to yourself, and be prepared for some ups and downs.

What do you believe Deakin University has shown you/given you as a person?

That life can be enjoyable as well as a time of learning.

How would someone describe you?

Not a concern.