Kevin Roberts came to Canada from Adelaide, South Australia, in 1966. After completing a Masters degree in English at Simon Fraser University, he began teaching at Malaspina University College when it opened in 1969. He has a PhD from Griffith University in Queensland and he has studied in England and lived on the island of Ikaria in Greece.
For five years he ran a salmon troller in Georgia Straight and on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. He has been a visiting Professor of English at colleges in Nan, Thailand, and Shanghai, China. In 1985, he was Writer-in-Residence at Wattle Park College in Adelaide. He has made several treks in to the Red Centre of Australia. Under the auspices of the Canad Council, he has toured as a writer and reader of his work across the breadth of Canada.
Roberts has published eleven books of poetry, two books of short stories, and a novel. Two plays he has written, Black Apples and Opening Day, have been professionally produced by Theatre One in Nanaimo. Both his poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized, and two books of poetry, S’ney’mos and Stonefish, have been produced and broadcast by the CBC.