Dame Fiona Kidman
One of New Zealand’s best-loved poets, Dame Fiona has been a long-standing and valued supporter of the New Zealand Poetry Society.
Visit Dame Fiona Kidman’s website to find out more about her work.
Vincent O’Sullivan served as New Zealand Poet Laureate from 2013-15. He was awarded the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship in 2004, and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2006.
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Gail Ingram — Editor
Gail Ingram is an award-winning writer, and author of Contents Under Pressure (Pūkeko Publications 2019). Her work has recently appeared in Landfall, Poetry New Zealand, Cordite Poetry Review, Blue Nib, The Fib Review, Barren Magazine and others. As well as editing for a fine line, she is a poetry editor for takahē magazine and a short fiction editor for Flash Frontier. She teaches at Write On School for Young Writers in Christchurch. https://www.theseventhletter.nz/@seventhletternz
Erica Stretton — Editorial Assistant
Erica Stretton is a writer who lives in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her poetry and strange speculative stories have been published recently in Headland, Takahē, Mayhem, Fresh Ink and others. She also works as the coordinator of National Poetry Day.
Shane Hollands — President
Shane Hollands is a veteran of the New Zealand performance poetry scene. He is well-known for his innovative work with music of differing genres from electronica to metal, and his efforts to give other poets a platform to perform; he established performance poetry collective The Literatti, and the NZ national celebration of beat poetry, The Kerouac Effect. He was one half of the art-music duo The Beautiful Losers, and now regularly tours the country as the front-man for jazz-beat poetry band, Freaky Meat.
RikTheMost — Vice President & Advocacy
RikTheMost is a vegan, queer, non-binary, polyamorous spoken word artist, who spends most of their spare time making homophobes feel uncomfortable.
They have been commissioned by the BBC, organised and run poetry competitions across the UK, toured internationally as a poet and represented Australia at the American National Team Slam Championships, ranked 2nd twice at the New Zealand Individual Slam Finals (as well as winning the Wellington Slam Championships) and are currently residing and working in NZ on the prestigious “Exceptional Talent In The Arts Visa” where they run the weekly online spoken word event and community “Your Place”.
Sherry Grant – Community Outreach
Sherry Grant, Taiwanese/NZ pianist/cellist/poet, first started writing in June 2020, now widely published/translated. A prolific poet in both long and short form poetry, Sherry’s upcoming publications include ‘Bat Girl’ (co-authored by 6-year-old Zoe), ‘Poetry Machine’, ‘Poetry Bug’ and ‘Poetry Game’. In 2019 Sherry organised/performed as pianist in War&Peace Arts&Music Festival and ‘100 Years Journey’ to bring different art forms together.
Georgia Wearing — Social Media
Georgia is more of a poet in their head than on paper and you’ll find their short fiction published in Re-Draft, Salient and on the Katherine Mansfield website. They’re currently studying at Victoria University and attending the Institute of Modern Letters programme.
Julianne Exton – Secretary
Julianne lives overlooking the western fringe of the Auckland Harbour in Beach Haven with her husband. After a lifetime career in Educational Leadership, Management and Charitable work she has stepped away to clear space for new creative pursuits including poetry writing, mosaic art, travel and mentoring.
Kim Martins – Administrator
Kim is a writer and poet based in Northland. After a career in law and education, she took up writing again in 2016 and has since been published in various journals and won writing contests, including the 2020 NZPS International Poetry Competition Haiku section. She has three published novels and a poetry collection. Email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org for all general enquiries.
Treasurer – Marina Lathouraki
Marina is a visual artist, poet and fiction writer living by the sea in Wellington with her husband.