Our People

Dame Fiona Kidman — Patron

kidmanOne 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

osullivanVincent 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 principally a performance poet. He is well-known for his innovative work with poet centric music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal. Shane established the performance poetry collective The Literatti, the national celebration of beat poetry The Kerouac Effect and is the front-man and poet for the Wordcore band, Freaky Meat. He has recently published his fourth book of poetry ‘The Atomic Composition of the seeming solid’ (Backshed).

Michael Subritzky  Vice President

Mike Subritzky is one of New Zealand’s best known war poets. He has an international reputation and his work appears in numerous books, CD’s, and anthologies. His poetry and verse is often read on National New Zealand National Radio on ANZAC Day (New Zealand’s National Day of Remembrance).

Laurice Gilbert — Committee Member

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Laurice Gilbert (president from 2006–2014) has had poems published in many New Zealand journals and anthologies, as well as in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, and Israel. In June 2016 she was interviewed for a Spanish magazine which didn’t, however, publish any of her poems, thus foiling her desire to add another country to the list.

She published her first collection, My Family & Other Strangers, in 2012 and her second, Aotearoa rocks!, a joint collection with Portuguese poet Hugo Kauri Justo, in 2015.  She administers our annual competition, and edited the accompanying anthology in 2015 and 2016. She previously edited our magazine, a fine line, from 2006 until 2015.

When not immersed in poetry, Laurice plays Yahtzee with her grand-daughter and potters about in her increasingly unruly garden. She is passionate about penguins and is planning a trip to Antarctica when she can save up enough.

E Wen Wong — Committee Member

HeadE Wen Wong began writing poetry with the help of Paula Green and Kerrin P. Sharpe at ten years old. Now four years later, her work has featured in numerous publications and anthologies around the world including Printable Reality (NZ, 2015/16), Rattle (US, 2014/15), Allegro Poetry (UK, 2015), Meniscus (Australia, 2015) and Brief (NZ, 2017). E Wen is currently in Year 10 at Burnside High School where she has taken a particular focus towards youth engagement.

Ivy Alvarez — Editor, a fine line

Ivy AlvarezIvy 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.