Antigone Kefala was born in 1935 in Braila, Romania, to Greek parents. The family were resetlled in Greece after the war, and then migrated to New Zealand (this is the subject of her poem ‘The Place’). She gained a BA and an MA in French Literature at Victoria University in Wellington. Since 1960 she has lived in Australia.
Kefala has published four books of poetry, The Alien (1973), Thirsty Weather (1978), European Notebook (1988) and Absence (1992, 2nd edition 1998); and four books of prose, The First Journey (1975), The Island (1984), Alexia (1984), and most recently, Summer Visit: Three Novellas (Giramondo, 2002). Her poetry and prose has also been published in bilingual English-Greek and English-Czech editions, and in a trilingual English-French-Greek edition.