Michele Leggott

Michele Leggott

Michele Leggott

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

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