Saskia Ashby is an artist/writer/performer/director/mother, based in the UK. She is happy to be involved in promoting peace.
Poems “if….” and “Homo mellifluous” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
A long-time resident of Australia (and published haiku poet there), Denise Davis has genetic links with peace through her Moriori Ancestor Nunuku. Now relocated back to New Zealand, she is working on a book of modern Moriori proverbs titled, “PEACE … Ponderings for the 21st Century”. Two of her haiku appeared in THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN HAIKU ANTHOLOGY : http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/items/show/479
Sandra Sarala was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. She worked with Red Mole’s Roadworks theatre company before leaving Wellington in mid 1997 for Eurasia and has resided mainly in Berlin since April 2002. Her work is largely stage based: she creates personal and intimate performance food for the soul – sung and spoken words, everyday and eternal rituals seasoned with archaic Russian, Polish and Ukrainian village song.
Poem “Looking for Lago di Lecco: Spree-side, having failed twice at art exhibition masochism in one early evening” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
At 8 years of age, Pieta Bayley of St Andrews College Preparatory School in Christchurch, has already won prizes for her writing. From the “Letter of the Week” for her first ever submission to “The Press” reminiscing on meeting her idol Margaret Mahy, to a Highly Commended in the 2013 National Poetry Competition for the NZ Association for Gifted children. Last year, Pieta also reached the finals of the Governors Bay, Margaret Mahy poetry competition in the 12 and under category, and was published in its collection. She is passionate about writing and loves creative writing class with Kerrin Davidson.
Poem “They leave behind the wind” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Julie Kennedy, born in Christchurch, is now a Picton-based writer. The Marlborough Sounds and the local landscape inspire her writing. She has poetry in a number of anthologies and has also written two non fiction books, Katherine Mansfield in Picton and a Chronology of Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound. In 2011 she co-edited Reflections: Picton Poets an Anthology. Julie is a member of the NZ Poetry Society and NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). She also belongs to Eco Artists NZ and a percentage of her sold work goes towards conservation projects.
Poem “A deserted house” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
When writing about myself the first word that springs to mind is “ordinary.” Primary and secondary schools, Teachers’ Training College then at 19 being in charge of a class of ten year olds. Career interrupted by marriage, three children and the family’s move to Hong Kong – a move that lasted for 25 years! Resumption of career and study from afar. And poetry – for as long as I can remember I’ve written poetry. I have a box, including Tiananmen writing, from the Hong Kong years. Recently, some of my writing has been published in a number of print and on-line journals.
Poem “A Small Token” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Ruth Bailey was born and raised in Africa, living within spaces of conflict â€“ social, racial, communal and spiritual. She first started writing poetry at high school in the eighties, using it as a way to express her frustration at being socially marginalised. Then for over two decades she used her written and verbal expertise for social change, justice and grass-root activism. Now living in Auckland with her family, Ruth is a Maker: of poetry, stories, paintings, vegetable gardens and peace!
Poems “I FEEL LIKE SAND” and “IMMIGRANT, FEMALE” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Jillian Sullivan is a poet, novelist, short story writer and memoirist. Awards range from the Highlights Fiction Award in America, to the Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems. She was born in Masterton in 1957 and spent thirty years near the sea and the mountains in the Motueka area, where she brought up her five children. She’s currently finishing building her strawbale house where she lives now in Central Otago.
Alberta is 12 years old and a pupil at Sumner School, Christchurch. She attends the Bays Cluster Writing group and wrote this instructional poem during the class.
Poem “How to Grow Happiness” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Andrew M. Bell writes poetry, short fiction, plays, screenplays and non-fiction. His work has been published and broadcast in New Zealand/Aotearoa, Australia, England, Israel and USA. His most recent publications are “Aotearoa Sunrise”, a short story collection, and “Clawed Rains”, a poetry collection.
Andrew lives in Christchurch with his wife and two sons and loves to surf.
Poem “WE CAN NEVER REST” and “A BUCK-FIFTY’S WORTH OF SUNSHINE” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I am a 11 yr old girl from Christchurch. My poems, haiku and creative writing have been published in anthologies, books of collected short stories and the Tall Poppies magazine.
I love reading and writing and recently participated in the Kids Lit Canterbury tournament and the Otago Daily Times spelling quiz.
I am Lucy
I don’t like big dogs, hot days and typing replacing writing
I like words, tidiness and inky fingers
I love to be neat but am not very good at it.
Mermaid, pink, stripes, owls, baking, I am just me!
Poem ” Peace War Peace ” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I, Imogen Grant am a young wanderer, recently finished school to learn more about the world and its ways. I spend a lot of my time in nature; watching clouds, thinking, dreaming, observing.
I am working towards a dream of living a more simple lifestyle off the land, and on my path there I am writing, creating, meeting new people and listening to their stories.
I have a genuine goal to give kindness and peace to the world and find my own peace through the rhythms of nature.
Poem “Three Years and Three Days” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Dan Vera is a writer, editor, and literary historian living in Washington, DC. He is the author of two poetry collections: Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen, 2013), the inaugural winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk, 2008). His poetry has appeared in various journals, including Notre Dame Review, Beltway Poetry, Delaware Poetry, and Gargoyle, in addition to the anthologies Queer South, Full Moon On K Street, and DC Poets Against the War. He chairs the board of Split This Rock Poetry. For more visit http://www.danvera.com
Poem “Stain of the Half life” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Kathie Weir, MFA, is the author of A Parent’s Guide to Los Angeles and A Parent’s Guide to School Projects. Her short stories have been featured in Sally Shore’s New Short Fiction Series and RipRap, and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in Open My Eyes, Open My Soul, Genre, Easy Reader, Singles Scene, Random Lengths, United Sisters Magazine, Issues in Radical Therapy, Sisterlode, and other journals and anthologies. She lives in Los Angeles with her family, where she spends her time teaching, writing, and mining her journals for fragments of untold stories. She is currently writing a memoir entitled, Keeping a Quiet Heart.
Poem “Babies Cry in All Languages” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I am a teacher, children’s author and writing tutor based in Christchurch. I use poetry and picture books to help children access and explore peace issues.
My poem is a tribute to Hiroshima survivor and author/ Illustrator Junko Morimoto and her book ‘My Hiroshima’ published by Collins, Sydney.
it also makes references to incidents shown in this short documentary about Junko.
I read about the Enola Gay crew making money from selling ‘mementos’ of their mission in malls across the US and imagined Junko coming across this spectacle.
My poem is a thank you to Junko for sharing her memories and helping teachers to share them with children.
Poem “To Junko Morimoto, -Author and illustrator of picture book ‘My Hiroshima’” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014. Poem “10 in a packet” published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.
Margaret Vos moved from Wellington to southeast London where she is enjoying new inspiration for her poetry. Her work has been published mostly in New Zealand, in Turbine 2002, the New Zealand Poetry Society’s magazine a fine line, and in their annual anthology. She served on the New Zealand Poetry Society Committee including two terms as President. You can find her at http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/margaret-vos/4/232/173/
Poems “Rasp” and “Borrowing” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Vaughan Gunson is a writer and artist living in Hikurangi, north of Whangarei. He has been active in a range of organisations and campaigns fighting for social justice over many years. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines and journals in New Zealand, including Blackmail Press, JAAM, New Zealand Listener, Poetry New Zealand, Red & Green, Side Stream, Takahe, The LumiÃ¨re Reader, Workers Charter and 4th Floor Literary Journal. A collection of his poems, ‘this hill, all itâ€™s about is lifting it to a higher level’, was published by Steele Roberts in 2012. He is the poetry editor of the India based online literary journal Open Road Review.
Poem “symphony” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Jack is a Northland based poet who has been writing for about 5 years. Spending a lot of time on Northland’s Ripiro Beach it has become a place of reflection and rejuvenation. The son of Southland parents, his father was wounded at El Alamein and Cassino in World War 2. The impacts of that war on his father have shaped Jack’s views on war. He is influenced by Hone Tuwhare, Brian Turner and Robert Kaufman but speaks with his own voice.
Poem “25 April” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I am a 57 yr old lawyer currently doing the Creative Writing course (1st year) at MIT.
I am a strong advocate of peace and love the focus of this competition that peace can be explored through poetry.
Poem “Tidal Peace” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I am a 17 year old student who attends Awatapu College in Palmerston North. I started trying poetry on for size at the age of 13 and have been entering competitions almost every year. I perform other poets poetry and my own in Drama Competitions.
The poem titled, 30 Words Composed in Order of Appearance During a Game of Scrabble, is meant to have the first word of each sentence bolded as those are the 30 words that were made during the scrabble game.
Poem “30 Words Composed in Order of Appearance During a Game of Scrabble” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I live in Wellington with my long time partner and our beautiful twelve year old daughter.
I work full time in the hospitality industry and love the daily interaction with all walks of life.
I wrote a lot in my youth and I am slowly rediscovering the joy of putting pen to paper and the freedom that expressing oneself can bring.
I believe we are all created equal and that everyone deserves a chance at happiness.
Poem “Winter” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Jenny Argante is a long-term member of Tauranga Writers, New Zealand’s longest-running self-help group for writers. She has published short stories, poetry and prose. Her latest works are After the Act and Working in the Cracks Between.
Poem “No Amnesty:” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I am sixteen years old, I live in Auckland and attend Long bay college. I started writing at about 8 years old and have never stopped. I also love to read and in my spare time design and build many things. Poem “Ink” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014. His poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.
For most of my life, I have been writing in one form or another.
Poetry, diaries, letter, stories, essays, but particularly poetry.
I have been published in a number of magazines and newsletters, and entered competitions with some success.
Recently I have been reading my poems in public at a number of venues around Auckland.
Poem “Miles Paints” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
A passionate 20 year old woman who is currently studying at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. Excited about creating theatre and poetry that sees the world through a new lens. Hoping to help change the world for the better through art and being.
Poem “Untitled – a poem from the sea” and “An Acquired Taste for The Pessimist” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I have spent the past few years writing songs and playing in Dunedin and Wellington bands. I usually spend a few hours a week writing something, starts of short stories, poetry and songs. At the moment i have been thinking film scripts. I need to do less thinking and more doing.
Poem “The moon strikes midnight” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Aotearoa born and bred, ‘rewa hard product of an amazing kiwi childhood. Aroha to Snow and Wilma, truth, love and family. Now between mfw, 1 hunga and titirangi with my sweetheart. Like sport, coach football and love my kids.
Poem “Mother Nature” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Michael Morrissey has published 22 books – these include 11 books of poetry and five works of fiction – the latest being a zany sci-fi and fantasy re-write of Romeo and Juliet in the mode of Lewis Carroll set in the far future called Tropic of Skorpeo. He was awarded a Travelling Cultural Fulbright Grant in 1981 and was the first New Zealand writer to participate in the International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa, USA in 1985. He was the New Zealand delegate at the famous International Pen Conference in 1986. He was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Waikato in 2012. Currently he is working on a book of poems about the moon and writing a sequel to Skorpeo entitled General Swine and The Princess of Ebon.
Poem “WOODEN WEAPONS” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Ko Moemoea Mohoawhenua taku ingoa.
MY name is Moemoea Mohoawhenua.
Ko Ngati Whatua taku Iwi.
My Tribe is Ngati Whatua.
I am a Independent Film Maker. I wrote this short poem about my view on war.
Poem “PEACE” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Peg Robarchek writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her poetry has been published in Naugatuck River Review, Prime Number, Blast Furnace, Kakalak, Iodine and The Final Friday Anthology from Main Street Rag. Her first children’s book, ‘Bean Is Born’ was published in 2013. Her most recent novel is ‘In the Territory of Lies’ co-authored with Lois Stickell.
Poem “In the Beginning” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Howie Good’s latest book of poetry collection is The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely, who does most of the real work.
Poem “The Real in Funereal” and “The Destruction of the European Jews” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Barry Smith is a retired scientist/veterinarian who is still involved in creative pursuits, in particular writing and printmaking. He completed an assignment with UNDP in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1990. His poetic and printmaking works have been sold published and exhibited throughout New Zealand.
Poem “Girls Buy Flowers” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
I am an American expat physician/writer and I live and work in Auckland with my wife and two boys. I have had work previously published both in the US and here in NZ (Landfall,Poetry NZ,Takahe,JAAM).
Poem “Our Peace Correspondent
Files This Report at Dusk:” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Ella is a 2012 graduate from Otago University. She majored in Social Anthropology and minored in
Gender Studies. She has a passion for dance, poetry and story-telling. Her love for words stems from being an avid book worm at a young age, encouraged by her parents. She has only recently re-engaged with poetry, inspired by her grandparents gift of ‘Palgraves Golden Treasury’ upon graduation.
Poem “Heart’s verses” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Karen Zelas is a Christchurch writer and former psychiatrist. Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published in New Zealand and Australia.
Her first book of poetry, Night’s glass table, was selected as the 2012 IP Picks Best First Book by Interactive Publications, Brisbane, who also republished her novel Past perfect (Wily, 2010) as an ebook. Karen won the 2013 Playwrights Association of New Zealand playwriting competition for her script Poverty and muse. Her play Geography of loss will be staged in Christchurch in October 2014. She is fiction editor of Takahē literary
magazine (www.takahe.org.nz). www.karenzelas.com
Poems “Way Point”, “Elijah at My Table” and “Find a place ” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
works as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University’s AucklandCampus. His short verse drama Scenes from The Puppet Oresteia appeared in 2011 from Narcissus Press (Rhinebeck, NY, USA). His other publications include four full-length poetry collections, three novels, and three volumes of short fiction. He has also edited a number of books and literary magazines, including (with Jan Kemp) the trilogy of audio / text anthologies Classic, Contemporary and New NZ Poets in Performance (Auckland University Press, 2006-8). Details of these and other publications are available on his blog The Imaginary Museum: http://mairangibay.blogspot.com/. One of the workshop leaders for Page 2 Stage 2014.
Stephanie Christie (formerly known as Will) creates word-based work that is written, performed or installed. With a history of making zines of her poetry, she is also interested in moving outside the edges of the page.
This has recently taken her work into video and sound collaborations, devised theatre and visual images. Stepahanie’s blog page
Her poems Revelations, New Wave and grace notes are published in new Dialogues and New Beginnings- Poetry Anthology 2013
“I am the truth,I am the lie,I am the savage,I am the sigh,I am the gifted,I am the bent,I am the hungry,I am the sent,I am the wolf,I am the kitten,I am the depraved,I am the smitten,
I am the lost,I am the found,I am the edge,I am the round,I am the good,I am the bad,I am the happy,I am the sad,I am the woman,I am the man,I am the Idol,I am the fan,I am the empty,I am the full,I am the awareness,I am the all,I AM”
Her poem Thanks is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings -Poetry Anthology 2013
“I would like to believe that there’s some purity in us, yeah. Naive – y’know, purposely naïve. This is the main idea behind my poetry.
I Am a Painter/poet.
I don’t really like saying too much about me. The real experience is up to you. Yeah, because I think it’s more important just to inspire people to listen at Art, and start feeling it out for themselves.
I am interested in thinking about William Blake’s quote about progress: ‘Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.’ though I am not sure if I know what it means.
Have you read my poetry?”
His poem One day There was a pigis published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings -Poetry Anthology 2013
More about Reece
Qalina (pronunced “kaleena”) is Ukrainian for viburnum, a plant similar to cranberry.
Its bitter berries were used for centuries in folk medicine and as a decorative plant, loved for its resilience and beauty. It is spread through Northern Hemisphere all the way to Africa.
Similarly, Qalina has travelled extensively and the influences on her poetry and music vary from her Slavic roots to Celtic motifs, from jazz to classical and from Shakespeare to Leonard Cohen. “Enjoy it, if you can bear bitterness in beauty.”
Her poems Handfuls of Sunshine, I Have Sailed This Body are published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013.
“Most of my writing takes the form of songs and articles for print media. I’ve always enjoyed playing with words, but spoken poetry is an area rather new to me. Song writing is my greatest passion!
I am inspired by my homeland, Aotearoa, and by a journey I’m currently undertaking, traveling by bicycle through Asia and Africa.”
Her poem is published in New Dialgues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
“I am Megan Figgest, a 24 year old teacher of Media Studies and Drama at Rotorua Girls’ High School.
I studied English, Film and Theatre at Victoria University and completed an Iowa poetry course at the Institute of Modern Letters.
The poets Karlo Mila and Hone Tuwhare have influenced my writing as they explore relevant issues within NZ society.
I have always been an active poet and was the winner of the 2012 Choice Not Chance poetry contest with poem “Instant Kiwi”, judged by NZ poet Hinemoana Baker.”
Her poem Stories Untold is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
Mary Bell Thornton has had non-fiction, fiction and poetry published.
Her works include several stories broadcast on Radio New Zealand.
Mary’s writing room The Fo’c’s’le, spring nestles amongst manuka, ponga and houhere and looks out over Kenepuru Sound where she lives in retirement with her husband Peter.
She writes surrounded by the song of tui, korimako, piwakawaka, shining cuckoo, a plethora of sea birds and the thrum of kereru wings. With no mains power and no road, life moves at a leisurely, creative pace.
Her poem Woven Togetheris published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings Poetry Anthology 2013
Kiwi poet, musician and dramatist walking the line between respectability and white trash debauchery.
Adopted, Jacques grew up torn between working-class roots and a comfortable middle-class existence. She took from each what appealed; Education and drugs, respectability and sleaze, but always grounded in her two cultural identities. The significance of which is explored in “Plastic Kiwi”.
Inspired by the Beat poets, feminist punk and Riot Grrrl culture, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Poppy Z. Brite and the lyrics of Billy Corgan, Roz Williams and Brett Gurewitz, Jacques explores topics such as identity, gender, addiction and mental illness.
Her poem Plastic Kiwiis published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
Twenty-two year old Katie Haggath is an aspiring journalist and novelist.
Katie lives in Christchurch, studies creative writing and mass communications at the University of Canterbury, and spends her free time surrounded by sheep and horses.
She writes freelance as a ‘roving reporter’ for Hoofbeats Australia, where her works can be read in the e-magazine online, and pays the bills working in her local supermarket, where she finds plenty of colourful character inspirations for her stories.
Her published works range from the academic to the entertaining.
Her poem http://new.printablereality.com/waiting-for-the-world/ is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings- Poetry Anthology.
“I am an Aucklander, although I lived the first half of my life in the Waikato, where I trained as a teacher and singer. I moved to Auckland when my children were young. My family, teaching and singing were my main focus for most of the years I have been here, until health forced me to give up my singing performance involvement and I turned back to a creative outlet that I had a passion for – writing.
At the moment I teach at an intermediate, and am studying for a Post Grad. Dip Museum Studies.
It is this love of history that has drawn me to read a copy of my great-great-great grandfather’s diary who was one of the first pakeha settlers in TeUku, Raglan. His story, along with a teaching unit, based on James K. Baxter’s poems inspired me to write the poem, ” The Colonial” which I entered for this competition. It’s hard to believe that he and his wife left England for NZ “not wishing a soul goodbye, not even my dear loving mother”.
The desire for a new life must have been very strong.” Julie’s Facebook Page
Her poem is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
“My name is Josie Farrar and I live in Tokoroa, New Zealand.
I have five brothers and six and a half nephlings.
I am an amateur poet and have mainly created poems for informal purposes over the years.
I have recently started sending the odd poem in to poetry competitions.
I have also recently finished a novel for young, young adults, but I haven’t tried to get it published yet.”
Her poem Endless Beginnings is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – poetry Anthology 2013.
Hayley Ann Solomon (B.A; H.D.L.I.S; B.Bbl (Hons); M.A.) is a New Zealand novelist, poet and short story writer. In 2001 she was the Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’ awardee for her novel Raven’s Ransom. Although an established writer in the commercial historical romance market, she is now focusing her energies on the lyrical and the literary.
She sings, has pink hair, an extraordinary family and a menagerie of animals ranging from parrots to peacocks.
Like Peter Pan, she has no desire to grow up, and believes love and laughter is her greatest elixir for happiness.
Her poems Land of the Long White Cloud, The reading quest and I’d rather bear a fractured heart are published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013.
Is a 12 year-old poet living in Dunedin.
He enjoy writing, Fencing and playing the guitar. He is one of the top writers in his region for his age group.”Matariki means a lot to me as I have grown up in the unique multicultural environment that is so common in New Zealand.I hope you enjoy my writing.”
His poems:Matariki- 1, Matariki- 2 and Tiny eyes are published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
David Chadwick is a writer and musician from Te Horo on the Kapiti Coast.
His poems have appeared in several publications, including Poetry NZ, Coastlines, The School Magazine (Australia), and The Junior Journal.
In 2012 he won the Friends of Kapiti Libraries poetry competition. His prose writing includes Shaking, a novel for young adults.
As a musician, David plays in a number of bands and also appears as a solo performer. He has recorded programmes of original songs for Radio NZ and released a self-produced CD, The Hard Edge.
He is currently working at combining his poetry with his musical performances.
His poems:First contact, Information spring and Bud burst
are published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings- Poetry Anthology 2013.
Charmian Koed lives in Nelson and finds more time to write now that she has retired from teaching.
A couple of her poems have been selected for the N Z Poetry Society’s anthologies in recent years.
The Lustre Jug is in a form very different from most of her writing, and is one of those mysterious poems that more or less wrote itself!
Her poem The Lustre Jug was published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings- Poetry Anthology 2013.
Barbara Strang has lived in the South Island of New Zealand her whole life.
One of a large family, she was brought up in Invercargill.
When young she was introduced to the sea, mountains and lakes and became fascinated with the natural world.
She lives on the Port Hills, Banks Peninsula, under huge sea cliffs, which she saw as a symbol of the frailty of life even before the recent quakes.
Her house has survived.
Her poems and haiku have been widely published and she has edited poetry anthologies.
Her second poetry collection “The Corrosion Zone” appeared 2011 with HeadworX. Barbara’s Facebook page
Her poems: Naked Feet, The Quake Drums and A ripped South Island map are published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings Poetry Anthology 2013
Aalix Roake is an American-born writer (and artist) now making her home in New Zealand.
With an emphasis on genre as well as mainstream, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including “The New Zealand Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry” 2009 (as Dana Bryce) (print), to “Blackmail Press16” (online, her poetry and art ), to “TinyWords” (online, Haiku and art) and many others. She has a poem upcoming in “Astropoetica (online). Under variations based on Sandra (Stuart) (SJ) Burkhardt, she has appeared previously in “Short Short Stories by Women Writers II” (print anthology), SFPA “Star*Line” (print), “Aliens and Lovers” (print anthology) and a large variety of other publications in genres ranging from technical medical writing to popular slick magazine nonfiction and is listed in Scott Green’s “Contemporary Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry: A Resource Guide and Biographical Directory”(print). She oftens signs her art as AalixR. Personal reinvention requires frequent name changes. Website
Poem: Different Stars, Different Sky published at New Dialogues and New Beginnings
Sue Reidy has written short stories and novels and has won prizes, awards and the 2000 Buddle Finlay Sargeson Writers Fellowship.
Her first short story collection was set in South East Asia, defying notions of realism with often humorous results.
Her first novel was set in the context of 1960s New Zealand Catholicism.
Reidy has also worked as a practitioner and teacher of design and illustration.
Her poetry often casts an ironic eye at language and popular culture.
Guest at in VOICE and Music – 16 April 2011 at Pah Homestead
From a 2007 meeting of friends sharing some pizza boxes at a Youthline building, the group formed with the support of the Youthline Trust.
The Collective has grown into a diverse group of poets, singers, musicians, writers and performers.
Last year they released a book and DVD of their work with the support of Creative New Zealand. South Auckland Poets Collective brings to voice the urban Pacific and Maori experience, using the power of poetry and spoken word to inspire, create and educate.
It’s street poetry in the Def Jam style, telling stories of their own lives.
Armed with their voices and notebooks, they defy the negative stereotypes of Maori and Pacific youth in Manukau and substitute a new story – of a group of young people, gifted and brown, brought together by their love of poetry.
Zane Scarborough – A father. A husband. A poet. A youth-worker of sorts. A member of the South Auckland Poets Collective. a loud mouth. a believer in God. Zanes poetry is clever, witty, heart-felt and always captivating, he writes about life experiences, his wife, his son and highschool.
Clara Jane Sione – A lover of the arts, based in Otara, she refers to her poetry as mental notes learning how to speak. she writes of imagination, her life in south auckland and her family.
Dietrich Solokai – A Youth worker, who lives in Manukau. Poetry always written with the intent to thought prevoke listeners. Dietrich has written pieces about Faith, finding love and the want to ‘Sky Dive’ through life. Marina Alefosio – A musician and mother of two from Manurewa, her poetry touches on common misconceptions of relationships and love. “If its love that we are seeking, it should be love that we are seeking’. www.zanescarborough.com/south-auckland-poets-collective.html
Stephanie Johnson’s training as an actress is evident in her powerful performance of her often political poems.
On National Poetry Day she also offers a preview from her up-coming novel, The Open World, set in 19th century Auckland and London, which has a link to the poetry of Byron.
A purposeful sense of such larger concerns balances novelist, poet and dramatist Johnson’s precision with the small details of situation, character and voice that give veracity and colour.
Co-founder of the Auckland Writer’s and Readers Festival, Johnson has published collections of poetry and short stories, and her numerous novels have received many significant awards.
Her dramatic work for stage and radio is similarly recognised.
Johnson’s writing is not restricted to any particular genre, and her subject matter varies between books, her style ‘marked by a dry irony, a sharp-edged humour’.
Her writing is recognized locally and internationally, and the awards she has been nominated for reflect her broad appeal.
Guest poet @ In VOICE and Music @ Pah 22 July 2011 National Poetry Day
The Spiritrising concept was formed in 2009.
Individual artists came together and created a variety group to perform innovative fun-filled shows of Performance Poetry, Rap, Music, Song and Dance.
We have 20 performers bringing art and joy to the world and are always on the lookout for more.
Our mission is to scout the community for emerging talent and offer a platform for development and exposure on stage.
Join us, watch us, collaboarate with us in exciting poetry-based happenings.
The beauty of our group is that we are as dedicated to the community around us as we are to our art.
We open our arms to audiences and artists as we declare:
“ We are Spiritrising, journey with us !” www.spiritrising.co.nz
International freelance performance artist with a long history and a wide range of skills (acting, physical theatre, dance, improvisation, singing/songwriter, video, poetry, clowning.
Trained at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Contemporary Performance, WAAPA), Baardar Academy of Musical Theatre in Norway, and spent one year with master improviser Al Wunder (theatre of the ordinary).
Work experience range from small improvised solos to big musical ensembles like Chess (2006) and Les Miserablès (2003).
Toured the devised multimedia poetry theatre show ”Lovers Walk – A Poetic Journey in 8 Scenes” together with Gus Simonovic in Europe (incl Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011) and NZ.
Instigated the kinetic poetry ensemble ”The White Wall” , which performs improvised site specific pieces on a regular basis in New Zealand (Prana 2012, First Thursdays K’rd, InVoice & Music – Wallace Arts Gallery, Whitespace Contemporary Gallery).
Previous vocalist in Macombee & The Absolute Truth, headlining New Years Eve at Prana festival 2010.
Played in “Helter” (2012), ”Amanda Fra Haugesund” (2011).
Works for Printable Reality NZ, devising new poetry theatre fusing it with dance and other art forms. Ready with Insomnia in a Daydream for Auckland Fringe 2013 and tour. Her main focus is to create connections between people and the environment. To create space for thought and feeling, to allow senses to expand into new dimensions through poetry of words and movement, telling stories for the heart and soul. She loves collaborating with other artists and aim to continuously create new work.
Siobhan Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Lost Relatives (Steele Roberts, 2011), Words Chosen Carefully:New Zealand Writers in Discussion (Cape Catley, 2010) and Our Own Kind: 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals (Godwit, 2009).
In 2009 she was Auckland Regional Council Writer in Residence.
In 2010 her poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize (US).
She also works as Coordinator of National Poetry Day, an Editor for the Poetry Archive in the UK and Poetry Editor of Takahe Magazine.Siobhan Harvey’s page at www.bookcouncil.org.nz
Her poem An occasional boat is part of Aotearoa Found in Translation and is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings Poetry Anthology 2013
Simone Kaho gained an MA in Creative Writing in 2010 with distinction and project scholarship.
She considers the performance of poetry to be as important as its publication on the page and has performed at the 2010 Side Stream Poetry Brothel, with Hinemoana Baker at the launch of her second book Koiwi Koiwi, and at the opening of the Aotea Square in Auckland.
Over 2010 she ran and MC’d two events; Poetry at Our Edge of the Universe – a poetry/music/music event for National Poetry Day 2010, and Poetry Pick’n’Mix – an alternative take on slam poetry.
Her work has been published in Turbine and The Dominion Post.
“I am an aspiring poet, forevermore fascinated by words and rhymes and the awesomeness of life.” Her poems Renaissance, When the Creation Learns How to Feel and Aotearoa are published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings- Poetry Anthology 2013. Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.
My name is Shreya Nair. At the age of 4 I moved to New Zealand from India.
Despite being very young, I was extremely captivated by the new environment and especially the language. I started reading books soon after.
After endless reading followed by more reading, I naturally adopted and fostered a fervent love for literature.
At around 6, I began writing and something about it just made me so happy. How it allowed me to escape from reality. I was astonished when I first established how powerful words can be.
Writing is now a big part of my life.
Shreya’s poem is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
Shane Hollands has been a performance poet for over 20 years and instigated the Auckland based poetry troupe ‘The Literatti’ as Creative Director for the collective’s initial year. Shane is also front man for the band ‘Freaky Meat’ & was half of beat-speak act ‘Beautiful Losers’ with musician Paul Williams.
Shane created and has run the national anual event The Kerouac Effect for over 8 years. Pairing Musician with Poets in Auckland Wellington and Melbourne.
Shane has performed his work from tip to tip of New Zealand & in Melbourne, Australia. Preferring people to see him perform live, he avoids submitting though his work has made its way into Live Lines, Side Stream, Tongue In Your Ear, and some independently published collections.
Saray Torres de Riddell has been a university language teacher and translator in Colombia and New Zealand. She holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of Auckland.
In 2002 she was the interpreter of linguist Noam Chomsky’s at Universidad Nacional- Medellin where she worked for many years.
Interpreter and literary workshop leader for a Latin American Women’s Group in London. For five years she was a translator, event organizer and presenter for Corporación de Arte y Poesía Prometeo which organizes the International Poetry Festival in Medellin, Colombia.
She has also translated poetry for a number of international poets who have attended the festival in Medellin and for several New Zealand writers among them Ron Riddell. Cofounded the Wellington International Poetry Festival.
Singing poet and spoken word performer Sandra Sarala was born and raised in Dunedin and kept escaping north until getting stranded in Berlin 11 years ago.
On the way she performed in Wellington (with Red Mole’s Roadworks Company), South Korea, Poland and Italy, as well as in Berlin.
She co-founded the ensemble Polynushka whose CD won the German Record Critic’s Prize for folklore in September 2008. Her highly commended poem ‘Spelling’ won third prize in this year’s Robert Burns Poetry Competition.
You can hear a couple of her spoken word pieces here
Sam Sampson’s first book of poems, Everything Talks, was published in 2008 and won the Montana Best First Book of Poetry award.
Sam lives in Auckland with his partner and daughter.
Part of in VOICE and Music – AUP special event on 7th May 2011 at Pah Homestead
Zambian-born Sali moved to England when she was 11 and to New Zealand when she was 16.
Being part of the diaspora has been a strong influence on her writing which was originally inspired by her nurse mother and military turned probation officer father.
More recently poetry has become an essential way of exploring and expressing her experience of being an immigrant in a culture unfamiliar with Africa.
Rosetta Alan is an Auckland based poet, with two books of poetry published.
She has been steadily published in NZ literary journals; won a few awards and is currently writing her first novel.
Poet/Writer/Fine Arts Consultant www.creativex.co.nz
Rosanna Raymond was born in Auckland New Zealand of Samoan decent and currently lives and works in London with her family.
A ‘Tusitala’ (a teller of tales) at heart her art practice takes a variety of forms ranging from installation works, spoken words and body adornment, fusing traditional pacific practises with modern innovations and techniques.
A published poet and writer, with art works held in museum and private collections around the world, Raymond has forged a role for herself over the past 15 years as a producer and commentator on contemporary PI culture, both in Aotearoa NZ, the UK and the USA working within museums and higher education institutions as an artist, performer, curator, guest speaker, poet and workshop leader.
Raymond has undertaken art residencies at the De Young Museum San Francisco, University of Hawaii Manoa and the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology UK, where she curated the internationally acclaimed Pasifika Styles exhibition with Dr Amiria Salmond.
An active member of the London based Polynesian cultural groups Beats of Polynesia and Ngati Ranana, Raymond continues to exhibit write and develop her art practice.
Her poem SLEEPING WITH MOUNTAINS is included in Aotearoa Found in Translation and is publsihed in New Dialogues and New Beginnings- Poetry Anthology 2013
Writer and peace-advocate, Arts graduate of Auckland University, he has been involved in a number of peace and cultural initiatives in Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, U.S.A. and New Zealand and has been the founder and organiser of many writers’ workshops and cultural gatherings in New Zealand, Great Britain and Colombia.
A painter, musician and the author of a number of plays and novels, he has published twenty-one collections of verse. In 2004 he was finalist in The Wellingtonian of the Year Awards. His verse collection, Leaves of Light was awarded The House of Poetry International Poetry Award for 2005. His latest verse collection is entitled The Oracle of Alexandria (2009) and his most recent novel, The Guardian of The Shield (2012).
His work has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Czech, Arabic, Turkish and Greek. Most recently he and his wife were performing poetry in Valencia, Barcelona, Brussels and Prague.
Robert Sullivan Read about Robert Sullivan’s poem engraved on the steps of the staires in front ofThe Auckland Ciity Libraries at Lorne Street.
As a significant NZ poet (Ngapuhi, Kai Tahu) and former Auckland central city librarian, Sullivan was the obvious choice to undertake a commissioned piece of poetry to reflect the area’s vibrant history.
Sullivan has had seven poetry collections published and won several New Zealand awards for his children’s writing and editing.
He was a poetry finalist in this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards for editing Mauri Ola, the follow-up anthology to the successful Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English.
He is currently head of the Manukau Institute of Technology’s new School of Creative Writing.
Double International Sports player Robert Edwards trades in his boots for the Arts.
NZ Touch football player now turned Poet, Author and Theatre host.
Rob is the Founder of Auckland charity group called “Community Spiritrising” showcasing more than 150 emerging artists onto Auckland stages.
He is most passionate with mastering his poetry and ukulele and enjoys promoting his book “Rising Together”.
Rob also teaches his Goal Setting workshop in the community. www.spiritrising.co.nz/
12 books of poetry, including Talking pictures – Selected Poems, HeadworX (2000) and most recently O Lucky Man – Poems for the Charles Brasch centennial, Otakou Press, University of Otago (2009).
Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals, periodicals and magazines both here and abroad and can be read on many websites, including UK Poetry Archive.
She was the recipient of Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow 2002.
Awarded the Lauris Edmond Memorial Poetry Award 2012.
Winner NZSA 2012 Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition. www.ensing.co.nz
A poet, playwright and fiction writer, Renee frequently collaborates across disciplines.
As well as performing her own poetry and running Poetry Slams in the persona of “Slammistress”, Renee has been involved with Poetry Live for many years, acting as MC from 2005-9, and organising many other poetic events.
She was a key instigator in the Guerilla Poetry group which literally puts poetry on the streets.
She also produces Funky Oriental Beats, a yearly showcase for Kiwi-Asian performing artists and helps run the arts collaboration project Metonymy.
Her sold-out plays Lantern and The Bone Feeder have been seen in centres around the North Island.
In February 2011 her short film with director Steven Chow, “Tide”, will show at Clermont-Ferrand film festival.
A collaboration between herself and Robbie Ellis, “The Lovers’ Knot” for actor and orchestra, will be performed by Stuart Devenie and the Auckland Philharmonia in May.
Renee has been published in the New Zealand Listener, JAAM, Blackmail Press, Tongue in your Ear, Sidestream and Magazine. For her work in medicine and arts, Renee was named a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader in 2010.
Her poem An open letter to Mr Peter Brown of New Zealand First is part of Aotearoa Found in Translation and is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings- Poetry Anthology 2013
Randall $tephens is the last angry man, he was the first one too.
He doesn’t suffer fools.
He doesn’t ride a bike that doesn’t have brakes.
He doesn’t get stuck in traffic.
He doesn’t use phrase like ‘l-o-l” and doesn’t tell people about his new kettle on facebook.
He does not believe in fairies (plop!).
He doesn’t play nice with the other poets. Randall $tephens does write poetry, He writes about all dinosaurs and cycling and travelling and breasts and being angry and being happy and sex at inappropriate times. He performs. Well. He does come from Melbourne.
He is on his way.
Raewyn Alexander writes novels, stories, poems, non-fiction, essays – and a blog read world-wide, promoting poetic journeys and trees for travel.
She’s also a UNITEC lecturer and Leisuretime Learning tutor, taking highly regarded writing courses.
A fourth generation New Zealander – French, Irish, Scots and English – originally from Hamilton, she’s travelled the world and now resides in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland.
Her work ranges far, tending to favour contemporary life, strong imagery, some highly politicised pieces and also, mysterious, fantastical explorations showing what she calls, “the infinite world within us, in a true, dynamic relationship with the material world.”A link to the first page of Alexander’s google resources Her poem hey Delilah, what’s happening in New York City? won poetry competition New Dialogues and New Beginnings and is published as well as possibly and in New Dialogues and New Beginings -Poetry Anthology 2013
Her work’s won prizes and been short-listed for major competitions; in 2014, a Miles Hughes Achievement Award prize-winner. Lately she’s working on a graphic poetry collection, soon having some poetry cartoons published in Three Words Anthology. Alexander’s poetic journeys to America and trees for travel blog is read world-wide.http://poeticjourneytoamerica.blogspot.co.nz/Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.
Poetry is not a luxury, it is a necessary part of the creativity of every day.
The poetry of Piet Nieuwland acknowledges and reflects his ancestry of farmers, cheese makers, artists, mathematicians, musicians and linguists.
Piet reads poetry in all sorts of places; arts festivals, beaches, public meetings, libraries, restaurants, hui, art galleries, conferences, hilltops, and bars and cafes and particularly enjoys seeing the response. His poems have been published in print and online in Mattoid, Snafu, Takahe, Trout, Spin, Tounge in Your Ear, Live Lines, Take Flight, Blue Note Review, Poetry New Zealand and Landfall. His self-published limited editions booklets (50-100) often feature a unique picture or design on the cover of each copy. He co-edits Fast Fibres 2, a compilation of Northland poetry. His poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.
Peter Bland will read from his 2010 collection “Loss” written after the death of his wife Beryl in 2009, and from current and early love poems.
He is possibly best known for his memorable role as a small-town conman Wes Pennington in the film “Came A Hot Friday”, but is equally acclaimed as raconteur, broadcaster, writer and poet for children and adults, published in new Zealand by Steele Roberts.
Peter Bland immigrated to New Zealand in 1954.
He was a co-founder and artistic director of Wellington’s Downstage Theatre, and since the 1970s he has divided his time between New Zealand and the UK and published widely in both countries.
Guest poet @ In VOICE and Music @ Pah 22 July 2011 National Poetry Day
I was a ‘closet’ writer for a number of years, and finally in 1998 I was accepted to do a writing paper at Victoria University with Bill Manhire, and went on to complete a BA in English and Writing Studies at the University of Auckland as a mature part-time student.During that time I became interested in reading my own work at Poetry Live, The Lounge (Michele Leggott’s poetry readings at University) Rhythm & Verse at Lopdell House, the Pah Homestead, and other local venues.
I have been published in Raewyn Alexander’s Magazine ; Sidestream, Live Lines, PotRoast, Blackmail Press, and The Bridge Project on NZEPC .
I am currently one of four MC’s at Poetry Live at the Thirsty Dog.
Penny Ashton has performed over 500 solo shows and toured all over the world from Edinburgh to Adelaide to Edmonton to Singapore to Stewart Island. She has won numerous awards including Best Performance in a Comedy at the Auckland Fringe 2013 and best performance by an International Poet at the London Farrago Awards and been nominated for four Best NZ Female Comedienne nominations, three Adelaide Fringe People’s Choice nominations and Best Ricky Martin Rewrite at the Winnipeg Fringe 2007. Penny has represented New Zealand in Theatresports and Performance Poetry and has performed by invitation at The Glastonbury Festival. She has to eat and so has numerous fingers in numerous pies including poet, MC, comedienne, social commentator, TV presenter, Voice over artist, improviser, Wedding Celebrant and all around show-off. In her career Penny has created numerous solo shows and also group long form improv shows, which she produces, markets and tour manages herself.
Nicole is 10 years old poet from Auckland of Asian and European origin. The leader of the art club in her school with interests in arts crafts and mah-jong. One of the youngest authors published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Matariki- Poetry Anthology 2013 with poem The Stars.
A little obsessed with sunshine and baby grand pianos, Nalini Singh is a poet, dreamer and activist.
From helping launch the youth climate movement in NZ through Power Shift NZ Pacific, she’s absurdly fascinated in all things sustainable, immersing herself in permaculture, social entrepreneurship, and nutrient-based healthcare whilst formally studying evolutionary ecology and environmental economics at The University of Auckland.
She’s the founder and president of the Auckland University Poetry Society, been published nationally and internationally and just last week was at The International Conference on Thinking 2013 to see how to combine her environmental concerns with multimedia for children. about.me/nalini.singh
Naked Voices in Pacific Literature is a fresh performance word group from the Diploma in Creative Writing programme at Manukau Institute of Technology.
Lead by Robert Sullivan, the last six months has seen the group writing poetry, stories, songs and scripts with a vision to be the first students of MIT to bring their works to life through performance.
They are a collective of fourteen voices with a range of backgrounds reflecting life language and culture in Aotearoa.
They pulsate truths and experiences, sharing sparks of creativity, igniting the flames within us and setting our world alight, through the art of spoken word.
Murray Edmond: Poet, essayist, playwright, dramaturge.
Latest volume of poetry, Walls to Kick and Hills to Sing from: A Comedy with Interruptions; dramaturge for Indian Ink Theatre Company, whose latest play, The Guru of Chai won best play of the year at the Chapman Tripp awards in 2011;
Editor of the on-line journal Ka Mate Ka Ora: A New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics; Associate-Professor in Drama at the University of Auckland.
Miriam Barr is performance poet with The Literatti and was creative director for the group from 2007 – 2010.
She publishes Side Stream (a bi-monthly poetry zine), is one of the founding Guerrilla Poets, one of the co-ordinators of Poetry Live and creative writing tutor at Toi Ora Live Art Trust.
Once an avid slam-poet, Miriam has won several slams including Poetry Idol 2007.
Her work has been published in such places as Landfall, Poetry NZ, Black Mail Press, JAAM, Magazine, Enamel, and The Wild Goose Poetry Review.
Although only “kiwi-bred”, this Canadian born Spanish-American poet considers NZ home.
A universal citizen by nurture, Michelle has spent her life all over the world and scribbling about it since she was able to hold a pen.
After attending film school in New York she returned home, fell in love with a kiwi and put pursuing her writing on hold to start her family.
Michelle has been published in “Blackmail Press issue 14”, the “NZ Poetry Org. -Winter Edition” and is a fledgling performance poet.
In 2005, she published her first book of poetry entitled “Wheel of the World”.
When she’s not hosting the new monthly event at the “The Library Bar”, Michelle spends her time raising her 3 kids and trying to complete a second collection of poetry.
New Zealand’s inaurgural Poet Laureate Michele Leggott is navigating a new world of loss of eyesight with the help of her beautiful Labrador guide dog Olive.
A powerful and beautiful new poem concerns Olive’s arrival in her life on the day of the Pike River tragedy.
A daily traveller, crafter of words and a maker of fire, award winning poet, academic, essayist, and editor, she was the 2008/2009 New Zealand Poet Laureate, and the result of her term was the lush collection of poems Mirabile Dictu, Auckland University Press, 2009.
She is co-ordinator of the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) at the University of Auckland, a leading online literary resource.She has published several significant works of non-fiction, including Young Knowledge: the Poems of Robin Hyde.
She was created a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (M.N.Z.M) in 2009. Guest poet @ In VOICE and Music @ Pah 22 July 2011 National Poetry Day
Michael Onslow-Osborne is a poet and a band vocalist who cannot sing.
He is focused on developing the poetics of found language, such as spam.
He has nothing to say.
He has been trolling around the Auckland poetry scene for ages, and organises the occasional Soft Boiled series.
His poetry has been published inABDotWW, Salt and Flint.
When Michael Botur gets sick of sitting in his armchair writing fiction, he gets up and performs poetry.
Botur has been published in Takahe, JAAM, Bravado, The Lumiere Reader, Prima Storia, Deep South, Catalyst, and a number of overseas journals including Weaponizer.co.uk.
He has a Masters in Creative Writing from AUT.
He is currently working on a case of beer and a new novel.
Botur also writes for Auckland arts magazine Renegade House: renegade house and Botur’s Fight Squad @ squadblog.tumblr.com & botur.tumblr.com
His poem Baggage is insluced in Aoteraoa Found in Translation and published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings -Poetry Anthology 2013
Matthew Harvey was the runner up in this year’s Poetry Idol competition and the winner of the Utter Brilliance 90 Second slam.
He has performed in the U.K (London & Leeds) and also as part of the show “GUSH: Love and other filthy habits” in Christchurch and as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival.
Mark Pirie, born 1974, is an internationally published Wellington poet/publisher, editor of Broadsheet and archivist for the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa .
His latest book is A Tingling Catch: A Century of New Zealand Cricket Poems 1864-2009.
More information on (and details of) Mark’s readings, history and photos as a performer are available in Mark’s bibliography at his website:www.markpirie.com
Maris O’Rourke has been writing 5 years and published in a range of journals in NZ and overseas. She has been well placed in a number of competitions including the Caselberg, Robert Burns,SIWA and the Kevin Ireland.
She has published in Takahe, Poetry New Zealand, Bravado, Shot Glass Journal (USA), International Literary Quarterly (UK) and Side Stream.
Maris has been a guest poet in Poetry NZ and ‘a fine line’ and her work was included in ‘Aotearoa Found in Translation’.
In 2010 she was runner-up in the Auckland NZSA Sonnet competition and awarded an NZSA Mentorship.
Maris’s first children’s book ‘Lillibutt’s Big Adventure’ was published in 2012 (Duck Creek Press) and her first poetry collection ‘Singing With Both Throats’ was published in 2013 (David Ling).
Maris has been featured on Radio NZ’s 9 to noon and Arts On Sunday. She has also performed her work widely including the Fringe Festival’s spit.it.out and the Writers and Readers Festival.
Her poem Three Firsts was a winning poem in poetry competition New Dialogues and New Beginnings and was published with Intruders at the New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013. Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.
Madeleine writes and photographs.
She touches what she loves.
She is the author of several books, the editor of more, and has exhibited her photographic images in several countries.
She has lived in Hong Kong, Germany, midwest, east- and west-coast USA, and is currently based in The Wairarapa of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
One friend calls her ‘beauty hunter’ and sometimes, she calls herself ‘tree’.
Every day, she posts an image on her blog: touchingwhatilove.blogspot.com. website
Martin Porter, born in Jersey, studied Astrophysics in London and Leeds and taught Physics in Jersey.
He now lives a quieter life in New Zealand.
He has poems published in Auckland’s Poetry Live ‘Live Lines 4’, ‘Wavelengths, an anthology of Channel Island writing’ and in the upcoming edition of the San Pedro River Review as well as taking part in poster displays in Whangarei, Guernsey Airport and the NorthTec exhibition “Chain Reaction”.
He was the winner of the Channel Islands Writers competition (poetry section) 2005 and the Whangarei Libraries 2012 flash fiction competition. Some of Martin’s poems and additional notes
His poem A new Language-Hypothesis for Two Voices is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings Poetry Anthology 2013
I am an actor and writer, currently working a web series called ‘NZ IDLE’ this will be out in October.I believe in the power and magic of words to express light and dark of the universe.
Her poems A DREAM, and KIRSTIE’S POEMare published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
Hello – my name’s Tourettes I make rap music for the broken-hearted and poetry for illiterates.
My main influences are books, films, sandwiches and love songs.
Everything in my life revolves around my love of words… Read more at Amplifier.co.nz
“I spent my working life as a teacher, something I found worthwhile, even enjoyable, but have some regrets at taking this safe well and trodden path rather than having the courage to listen to the writer’s voice that was always whispering to me.
Since retiring I have slipped into the swift flowing waters of the river that is writing.
I am often very close to drowning, and have little hope of reaching the other side.
However, my head has been above water for long enough to allow me to have had three stories broadcast by Radio NZ, poems published in various magazines and some success in poetry slams.
I have ‘finished’ a novel, which has been rejected, usually politely, by various publishers.
In 2009, I completed the Masters of Creative Writing course at AUT.
My main interests are spending time with my eight grandchildren, cooking, gardening, playing golf and listening to others.
Whatever the time or place, I also have the joy of being able to hear, and obey, the voice that still whispers writing ideas somewhere inside my head.
Auckland based performance poetry troupe The Literatti have been presenting their genre defying fusion of spoken word, music, performance, visual art and elements of theatre since 2006.
Formed in late 2005 after founder Shane Hollands was inspired by the Def Jam Poets, the group has evolved a collaborative approach, combining multiple voices in an almost symphonic display of contemporary word play and working with numerous other performers, musicians, visual artists and the odd animator or two.
Their aim is always to personify poetry, transforming each poem into something that lives, breathes, sounds and behaves.
The group then set it to musical soundscapes that range from rock and electronica through to jazz, blues and reggae.
Poetry as never seen before!
Pictured – poets for the “Why Don’t We ..?”
show Auckland Fringe Festival 2011: Miriam Barr, Daniel Larsen, Shane Hollands, Jai MacDonald, Zanni Anderson, Christian Jensen, Jerry Beale, Gus Simonovic. Other members : Sabrina Muck and Anna Kaye Forsyth. photo: Erin Gaffney /Ideas Imbed Creative Website:http://www.theliteratti.com
‘Veil and the Bedlambs’ is the performance persona of transdisciplinary artist Celine Sumic.
With a background in architecture and Japanese language Celine draws on a dancer’s sensibility to foreground the inherent relationship of internal and external environment.
Find out more at :desensu.wordpress.com
Leanne Radojkovich’s flash fiction and short stories have featured in various places including Turbine, Radio New Zealand, Takahe, the School Journal, Renegade House and Broadsheet.
She won the Lilian Ida Smith Award for writing in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for the Reed Fiction Award.
Lauren Dunningham is an all round performer within dance, music and poetry.
After graduating with an advanced certificate in dance and drama, she continued to co-directed Triple8funk dance company since 2006 and in 2008 competed at the World Hip Hop Championships.
She is a Facilitaotor for the Centre for Poetics and Justice and was also a finalist in the Victorian State Final of the Australian Poetry Slam.
In 2012 she also represented N.Z in the Trans Tasman slam competition.
She has travelled the globe teaching and performing HipHop Dance and Poetry within Tokyo, L.A, NYC, Australia and New Zealand.
For the past 3years she has judged the N.Z HipHop Nationals and many other HipHop competitions within Australia.
Her own ambition for the performing arts and people continues to help her create new ways of redifining movement, voice and performance.
Kirsten Warner’s poetry has been published in Landfall, Takahe, Bravado, JAAM and in the collections Our Own Kind, poems about animals, and Just Another Fantastic Anthology, Auckland in Poetry.
She was the joint-winner of the Landfall Essay Competition in 2008 with creative non-fiction concerning history, colonisation and creativity.
She has worked widely in journalism, television, written television drama, published, broadcast and won prizes for poetry and short fiction.
She is currently finishing her first novel.
Kirsten is a founder member of Printable Reality, the organisation committed to raising the profile of poetry and spoken word in New Zealand, and has co-ordinated and MCed monthly performances at The Pah Homestead in 2011.
Poem “One dollar eighty” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Kiri Piahana-Wong is a New Zealander of Maori, Chinese and English ancestry.
She has published her work widely in journals and anthologies in NZ and Australia, including Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, The NZ Poetry Society Anthology 2008, Bravado, Blackmail Press, Sidestream , Snorkel , Trout and The Lumiere Reader.
Kiri is also an MC at Poetry Live, NZ’s longest-running live poetry venue.
She lives in Auckland.
Hey, I’m Kashka. I’m a poet-journalist-writer and I live in New Zealand’s best city, Hamilton.
I work in the mighty Waikato full-time as a journalist and I also happen to rep the label poet when occasion allows.
I’ve performed in two Readers and Writers Festival slams, won the inaugural Hamilton Poetry Slam and spot performed at a few different events.
I figured I was more than a little into poetry after a metaphor that I used (where I compared myself, and my patience in catching the perfect wave, to a scarecrow in a cornfield) got a pretty positive response in a year 3 writing competition. Pretty impressive right?
Since then, I’ve taken the whole thing a little more seriously. Spoken word poetry became a big part of my life about two years ago when I discovered poet Sarah Kay and a whole host of others such as Taylor Mali, Anis Mojgani and George Watsky.
My favourite spoken word piece is Suheir Hammad’s ‘First Writing Since’.
I also have a feverish passion for poets such as Robert Frost, John Keats, Allen Ginsberg, Hone Tuwhare, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, basically any poet who has ever said anything.
Jim Carraher’s Irish heritage strongly influences the rhythms and natural flow of his strongly rhyming narrative verse.
He writes of his country of origin and his newer home with equal affection, and reads with humour and a strong brogue.
Guest at in VOICE and Music – 16 April 2011 at Pah Homestead
Jerry Beale grew up shuffling between parts of England and Northern Ireland.
He’s been a Royal Marine Commando, a farmer, a bodyguard, representative rugby player, international judo competitor, cage fighter and advertising agency creative director.
About the only thing that has stayed with him through all these experiences is the ability to capture moments, events and feelings in lyrical form.
He’s performed his poetry in the US, UK, Ireland and New Zealand, published a couple of anthologies, opened festivals and entertained in bars, cafes and workshops.
Now he calls New Zealand home, has 3 amazing children, one shaggy dog and a love of wild remote places.
Poem “Casuality” and “A man’s hands” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014.
Grey Lynn poet
A primary school teacher, and father to a teenage musician daughter.
Jeremy has been writing and making visual art for several “blurred eras” – mostly about the “torn & frayed” subject of humanity.
Writing and performing poetry is his main creative goal in life.
He is an MC at Poetry Live at The Thirsty Dog pub in the city, and reads at other locations around the city.
He has also read his work in Texas, USA.
He believes that language is the best medium to express whatever it is that lurks inside him and the world.
His work has been published in Side Stream, Live Lines IV, and will also be seen this year in Poetry NZ #44, Takahe Magazine, and the NZ Listener.
James Crompton is an earlier host of Poetry Live and a regular poet there.
He has had several poems published in various journals such as “Tongue in Your Ear” and “Live Lines”.
His poetry crosses from the worldly to the otherworldly, with a lot of his poems drawing influence from his experience of staying 10 months in an ashram type setting in America training to teach a type of meditation called the Ishaya’s Ascension.
There is therefore regularly a contemplative or philosophical viewpoint expressed in much of his work, often with a slightly humorous bent.
He is releasing a selection of poems entitled “Autumn” in the second Tuesday in May at “Poetry Live”
Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist.
She successfully completed her technical and choreographic training at Unitec in 2012 graduating with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, Majoring in Contemporary Dance.
During her three year training at Unitec, Jahra worked with and performed for innovative New Zealand choreographers, whilst choreographing/collaborating and performing in over eight contemporary dance works inside and outside of Unitec.
Outside of dance Jahra is a successful spoken word poet, continuously working with intertwining the medium with movement.
In 2012 she qualified and placed in various slam poetry competitions such as Poetry Idol and Going West, and represented Auckland at the National Poetry Slam held in Wellington.
She pours soul and spirit into her work, and performs and collaborates regularly with Auckland based live poetry group ‘DECOLONISE’.
Guest at Poetry at Yoga Festival.
Ila Selwyn’s book of poetry, two sisters, was published in 2011. She had previously published two chapbooks and a number of handmade books.
Ila was an MC at Poetry Live, Auckland for four years. She had also been running a national poetry event at Lopdell House for two years and left Poetry Live to start up rhythm & verse on the top floor in 2009. This event, with equal parts of poetry and music, is in its fourth successful year and has recently moved to the top floor of Black Salt in New Lynn while Lopdell House is being renovated.
She wrote her great NZ novel in 20 words as a poem. squeezed between siblings / two children / one of each / three marriages / five countries / six different names / changed twice / by deed poll
Her poem a rope for my third man is performed in Aoteraoa Found In Translation, and published together with Ila Selwyn in New Dialogues and New Beginnings.
For more than 40 years novelist, essayist and curator Ian Wedde has also been one of New Zealand’s foremost poets.
He has published 14 collections and is a multiple award winner.
Guest at in VOICE and Music – AUP special event on 7th May 2011 at Pah Homestead
Iain Sharp is a prolific and highly-entertaining columnist, reviewer and critic and practiced performer of his poetry.
Sharp is well-known for his humour and good-natured satire of the high serious of his own literary heritage, and many of his poems draw on the lyric tradition.
He has published several volumes of poetry and non-fiction, including Real Gold: treasures of Auckland City Libraries (where he is a specialist librarian).
Guest at in VOICE and Music – 16 April 2011 at Pah Homestead
Hala Nasr is a performance poet from Auckland.
Participant at Rising Voices program and a finalist of Auckland University Poetry Slam 2012.
Hala is a part of Decolonise crew, a four-piece spoken word collective, made up of Hala, Logan aka Non-Anomalous, Jahra and Vincent aka Queen.
DECOLONISE is about reclaiming consciousness into the conscience of Auckland.
In the West, consent is the most dominant form of control.
We consent by actively not being active; we participate in our own slavery.
The intersection of art and politics is the space that allows for a complete reclamation of human agency because the body, through performance poetry, is a source of political activity.
Gus has been performing his poetry around the world.
Organising events, producing shows and tirelessly promoting poetry.
Apart from his own poetry collection, his poetry has been published in a few magazines and anthologies.He is a Poetry Slam winner.
With a vision to bring poetry to the widest possible audiences, Gus initiated the “Printable Reality” concept.
Based on collaboration with other spoken word artists, musicians, dancers, actors and visual artists,with a motto : “Experience Poetry Differently”.
Printable Reality initiated forming of the Actors Ensemble, exciting new concept dedicated to producing and performing Live Literature/Poetic Theatre shows.
Gus has been chosen by the Auckland Regional Arts Trust for the ART Venture 2010 program.
His poem Equatorhas been performed in Aotearoa – Found in Translation and published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
Website: gus Simonovic
Gill Ward lives on the Kapiti Coast.
Her poetry, scripts, short stories and reviews have appeared in anthologies, magazines, literary publications and on National Radio.
Now retired from teaching, Gill writes an online poetry column for the Kapiti Independent News and leads a U3A course on contemporary New Zealand Poetry.
For seven years she has organised the Kapiti poetry café monthly event ‘Poets to the People.’
Her collection Poetic explanations (Kupu Press) was published in 2011.
She was the winner in New Dialogues and New Beginnings competition with her poem: That Night was published together with :Perchance and Weather in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013. Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.
Currently she develops programmes in the museum sector.
Gail has always enjoyed creating and communicating content and she particularly loves poetry.
She is a creative Director of Aotearoa Found in Translation leading Printable Reality Actors Ensemble.
Christian was creative director of The Literatti.
He was asked to join the group after he took the Kerouac Effect poetry slam by storm in 2008.
He had his debut with the group as part of Word of Mouth at TAPAC later that year and has been creating mad genius with us ever since.
Christian is one of the power-houses behind the highly successful Metonymy Project, a collaborative project that sends a poet and a visual artist on a 6-week blind date, culminating in an exhibition.
He is one the co-ordinators of Poetry Live and directed the Global Eyes/Feet/Voice project.
His work has been published in such places as Snorkel, The Hay(na)ku Anthology, Otoliths and the De-Formed Paper.
His book, Zin Uru (soapbox press) was released in 2008. Website
Chris Kirk is a performance artist who doesn’t always know when the performance is going to begin or where the line is drawn between “performance” and “being myself”.
He has performed around fires and on stages and currently accepts all invitations.
His performance experience includes poetry, theatre, musical theatre, Shakespeare, improvisation, short film, song, dance and Mud Tribe (as pictured).
He has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts.
He has been living without money for four months, eating out of dumpsters, hitchhiking and sleeping in caves or on the beach, and is now attempting to infiltrate television performance to facilitate further air travel.
He writes regular stories, essays and prose poems for his website, www.personaproductions.com, and likes it when people leave comments.
He is a filmmaker and was nominated for a Media Peace award in 2005. Website
My name is Chloe Mcleod, a year 11 attending Avondale College who had fallen in love with writing before I could even write.
I discovered poetry after I learnt that my passion for performing could mix with my one for writing to produce spoken-word poetry.
This is the first poem I have written (and completed!) so watch this space, I hope you’ll be hearing more from me in the future.
This poem titled “Skins” came from my desire for new beginnings, which due to my age I can only explore though poetry.
Her poem Skins is published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings- Poetry Anthology 2013
“The prince of darkness is a Gentleman.” – Willie Shakespeare
Trouper, Raconteur, Impresario, Chancer, Murder Ballad Lover – Callum Gentleman tells stories. Stories about good people doing bad things, & bad people who try to be good (they often fail). Fallen Angels staring to heaven, contrite demons yearning for redemption, down & out junkies scrounging for a dollar, the devil gets it on with the wrong hooker with a heart of gold. From the child’s whisper to the drunk man’s roar, Callum’s got a voice for them all. The stories sometimes come out as songs, sometimes poems, sometimes campfire yarns, other nights barroom banter. But however they chose to be told, there is often a twist in the tales.
See him performing at POP-UP POETSevent
Brad McCormick made his performance poetry debut at ‘Poetry Idol’ in 2009 where he had a solid top 4 finish.
What followed was two years overseas where he didn’t write a single thing. But the ‘2011 Going West Poetry Slam’ made him break his writing drought and despite forgetting a huge chunk of one of his pieces at the heats (and even telling the audience this fact while on-stage), he made it into the final and won.
He lives in Kingsland with Nancy, his lovely girlfriend/muse/poetry-guinea-pig.
Bill Sutton lives in Napier and has been a DSIR scientist, Labour MP, regional councillor and senior policy analyst.
His poems have been published in Takahe, Poetry New Zealand, and Broadsheet.
He joined a Printable Reality’s line-up of poetry performers at Kawai Purapura Yoga Festival in March 2013.
Ben Brown (Ng’ti P’oa, Ng’ti M’huta) displays a marked propensity toward performance poetry, probably as the result of an overt desire to appreciate the sound of his own voice in the hope that others may share his apparent enthusiasm for it.
His poetry has been published in various anthologies and Radio New Zealand and The Radio Network have recorded him.
His work has also appeared on posters plastered from here to Baltimore. Ben lives in Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula.
Don’t miss the chance to hear exceptional performance poet Ben Brown. Ben will be in Auckland for the next two months as the 2011 Michael King-Creative New Zealand Maori Writer in Residence.
Ben Brown is a children’s author, poet, short story/non-fiction/script/freelance writer, though he has never quite been able to work out what the various distinctions are, so he refers to himself primarily as a writer, yet he does display an occasional propensity toward performance poetry probably as a result of an overt desire to appreciate the sound of his own voice in the hope that others may share his apparent enthusiasm for it.
In 2006 he was joint winner in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for Best Picture Book.
Read more @ Book Council NZ
Becky Woodall is an aspiring novelist and a proudly published poet.
She placed second equal in the 2010 Going West Poetry Slam and her work is included in the 2010 New Zealand Poetry Society anthology across the fingerboards and in the NZPC project All Together Now:
A Digital Bridge for Auckland and Sydney.
More recently her work has featured on Phantom Billstickers poetry blog.
Anne Kennedy has published five books of fiction and poetry, and is a New Zealand Montana Award winner.
She is currently on leave from the University of Hawai`i in Honolulu, where she teaches fiction and screenwriting.
Guest at in VOICE and Music – AUP special event on 7th May 2011 at Pah Homestead
Anne French is a poet, critic and editor.
She has published six collections of poetry, the first of which won a New Zealand Book Award.
Her work has been described as “candid, sophisticated, literate, and sharp”.
Guest at In VOICE and Music – AUP special event on 7th May 2011 at Pah Homestead
“I’ve been writing poetry since I was 14, but only performing it in the last couple of years. I am working on a series of poems started in the Master of Creative Writing I completed in 2012, that focus on the lives of men and women, families and individuals, in different places and times.
I live in a beautiful residential village in Albany, surrounded by people who are exploring different ways to live in this crazy world of ours. I’ve been a receptionist, a library assistant, a waitress, and a bum, all in the pursuit of perfection.
To me poetry is a way of using words to express the wordless experience we all share in life. I want to make something, and perform it, in a way that touches that silence in people.”
Alexandra Fraser used to be a science teacher, now she answers the phone in a doctors office, spends too much time on Facebook and when it rains she writes poetry.
She has published in Landfall, Takahe, Poetry NZ and in the anthologies Our Own Kind and Just Another Fantastic Anthology, Auckland in Poetry and Moments in the Whirlwind.
Guest poet at numerous poetry events.