Our People


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


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.

Read about Vincent O’Sullivan on the Book Council website.

Magazine, a fine line

Ivy Alvarez — Editor


Ivy Alvarez is the author of Disturbance (Seren, 2013) and several shorter collections, including Hollywood Starlet (Chicago: dancing girl press, 2015) and The Everyday English Dictionary (London: Paekakariki Press, 2016). Her work is widely published and anthologised, with selected poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean.

Ivy is the editor of a fine line, New Zealand Poetry Society’s magazine. You can contact her at editor@poetrysociety.org.nz and visit her website.

Emma Shi — Editorial Assistant

Emma Shi

Emma Shi was the winner of the National Schools Poetry Award 2013 and the Poetry NZ Prize 2017. She was also included in Best New Zealand Poems 2017. Emma’s work has been published in literary journals such as Landfall and Starling. In 2017, she self-published her own chapbook titled Elsewhere.


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.

Sue Le Mesurier — Vice President


Sue Le Mesurier writes poetry, flash and short prose and is currently attending Hagley Writers’ Institute after attending numerous creative writing courses internationally. Sue won a Literary Award for Poetry in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as winning a couple of Christchurch based competitions. She has recently published poems in the Zine Teen Angst Volume 15 and Poems on the Metro Buses in Christchurch. Sue is a member of the South Island Writers Association, poetry group the Airing Cupboard and was previously on the executive committee of Lapidus UK.

Charlotte Steel — Committee Member

Charlotte Steel writes poetry and contemplates writing short stories. She was mentored by Cilla McQueen under the NZSA Youth Mentorship Programme and won the junior division of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards 2013. Charlotte’s work has been published in literary journals Starling, Re-Draft, Mayhem, and IKA. She is currently a board trustee for the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival (DWRF).

Charlotte runs our social media. Email her at social@poetrysociety.org.nz with poetry events and opportunities.


Katharine Allard — Administration Manager

Katharine is not a poet, but she is an exhibiting artist who sometimes writes. Katharine has 20 years experience in art, administration and publishing roles; and supports widely accessible and free-ranging arts for all.

Katharine works part-time, which gives her time to parent and pursue her own projects. Email Katharine at info@poetrysociety.org.nz for all general enquiries.