Take a peek behind the magic curtain of performance poetry, with invaluable advice for those willing to brave the stage from Tarns Hood (second place-getter at the 2017 NZ National Poetry Slam), while Joan Fleming shares her overview of the NZ poetry publishing landscape. If you’ve ever wanted to know who’s publishing what, this one’s […]

UPDATE 11/12: SOLD OUT! The 2018 anthology is now sold out. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please register interest by emailing info@poetrysociety.org.nz so we can gauge if there are sufficient numbers for a further limited run. Edited by Gail Ingram, it includes winning poetry from our 2018 International Poetry and Haiku Competition, […]

The New Zealand Poetry Society is thrilled to announce that Emma Shi has joined us as Editorial Assistant. Emma will be helping Editor, Ivy Alvarez, with the production of our quarterly magazine, a fine line. Ivy says “I’m both delighted and looking forward to working with Emma Shi and I predict we’ll be bringing some […]

Open Section | Haiku Section | Open Junior Section | Haiku Junior Section OPEN SECTION (Anne French) First Place: ‘Bathing in Melancholy’ Bogusia Wardein, Norway Second Place: ‘Cassio and Desdemona’ Kim J Fulton, Auckland Third Place: ‘Her’ Wes Lee, Wellington Highly Commended (no special order): ‘Her Warning Signs’ Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod, Auckland; ‘1950: After Evensong’ Peter […]

Last month was spring at its best – and worst! Torrential rain, even snow in the South Island, as well as periods of soaring temperatures. Today, is warm but damp so goodness knows what summer has in store for us. But whatever the weather is doing, Christmas is coming! So let me wish all of you […]

All are welcome to the launch of the New Zealand Poetry Society anthology for 2018: ‘The Unnecessary Invention of Punctuation’ Hear readings from some of the featured poets for the freshest poetry in NZ. Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, Upper Chamber, 61/69 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington 5:45pm for a 6pm start. Hope to see […]

2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement: winners announced Feminist and working-class stories, poetry as song, and a deeper understanding of New Zealand art – these are just some of the frontiers explored by this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. They are beloved Māori dramatist and fiction writer Renée, revered […]

Gillian Roach is this year’s winner of the NEW VOICES – Emerging Poets Competition. Post-graduate student of the Masters in Creative Writing, AUT. Roach is an Auckland poet and fiction writer who recently completed the Masters In Creative Writing course at AUT. She studied English Literature and Language at Victoria University and has a diploma […]