Our People

Dame Fiona Kidman — Patron


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 — Patron


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.

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-lemesurierSue 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.

Ivy Alvarez — Editor, a fine line


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, a fine line

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.

E Wen Wong — Committee Member

E Wen 2018

E Wen Wong began writing poetry with the help of Paula Green and Kerrin P. Sharpe at ten years old. Now, six years later, her work has featured in a number of journals from around the world, such as Rattle, Meniscus and Starling. E Wen was also the winner of the 2019 Guernsey International Poetry Competition (Junior Section) and is a multi-time recipient of the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Poetry Scholarship. E Wen is currently in Year 12 at Burnside High School and has been a committee member of the NZPS since 2017.

Jamie Trower — Committee Member


Jamie Trower is a poet, journalist and motivational speaker from Auckland. He works for M2 magazine as a writer, and in his spare time scribbles poetry about life, death and everything in between. He is actively involved with poetry around the country.

He has been published nationally and internationally, in anthologies such as Atlanta Review, Poetry NZ and Best New Zealand Poems. In 2015, he launched his first full collection of poetry, Anatomy with Makaro Press. His second book, A Sign of Light, was launched in 2018 under The Cuba Press.