Our People

Patrons

Dame Fiona Kidman

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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

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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

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

Emma Shi — Editorial Assistant

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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.

Committee

Shane Hollands — President

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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

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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.

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.

Lily Holloway — Social Media

Lily Holloway (born in 1998, they/she) is a forever-queer English postgraduate student. In her spare time she enjoys reading New Zealand literature, eating nachos, and visiting second-hand markets with her girlfriend (to collect vintage Teletubbies paraphernalia, of course). Her creative writing has been published in Starling, Scum, Poetry Lab Shanghai, The Pantograph Punch, Midway Journal and other various nooks and crannies (see a full list at lilyholloway.co.nz). In 2020 she was honoured to receive the Shimon Weinroth Prize in Poetry, the Kendrick Smithyman Scholarship for Poetry and second place in the Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition. She is an executive editor of Interesting Journal and has a chapbook forthcoming in AUP New Poets 8.

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

RikTheMost – Advocacy

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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”.

www.RikTheMost.com

Gary Bradshaw – Secretary

Gary Bradshaw is a New Zealand expatriate based in Beijing, China. He is an international school head, poet and writer with a keen interest in New Zealand literature and poetry. He has a small number of published poems and is working on getting more of his work and ideas out there. When not engaged in leading a school, he can be found reading great poetry or writing terrible poetry of his own.

Administration

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. Email Kim at info@poetrysociety.org.nz for all general enquiries.

Katharine Allard — Treasurer

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.