Sport 43: 2015
Johanna Aitchison’s third collection, Miss Dust, will be published by Seraph Press in July 2015. Johanna lives in Palmerston North and works as a lecturer at International Pacific College. She has lots of hobbies, but her current favourites are marathon running, op-shopping, and South Indian vegetarian cooking classes.
Jane Arthur is studying towards her MA in Creative Writing at the IIML in 2015. She received her MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Auckland, and now lives and works in Wellington. She has a dog.
Nick Ascroft’s poetry has been appearing in magazines for 20 years now, and has also bobbed up in various anthologies and two collections published by VUP. After a baker’s decade working in the rat-slash-gerbil race of the UK publishing industry he has finally returned to New Zealand.
Morgan Bach is a writer from Wellington. She completed her MA at the IIML in 2013 and was the recipient of the Biggs Family Prize in Poetry. Her first collection of poems will be published by VUP in July 2015.
Sarah Jane Barnett is a poet, tutor, and book reviewer. Her debut collection A Man Runs into a Woman (Hue & Cry Press, 2012) was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. She has a PhD in the field of ecopoetics. Her second collection will be published by Hue & Cry Press in late 2015.
Jane Blaikie is a Wellington writer and editor. She completed an MA at the IIML in 2012, and has published short fiction and poetry, mainly in New Zealand.
James Brown’s fifth book of poems, Warm Auditorium, was published by VUP in 2012.
Rachel Bush is the author of three books of poems, most recently Nice Pretty Things (VUP, 2011).
Max L. Chapnick lives is from White Plains, New York. He completed an MA in Creative Writing at the IIML in 2014, where he wrote poems about physicists, travel, and space.
David Coventry’s first novel, The Invisible Mile, will be published by VUP in June.
Johanna Emeney is a doctoral student and teacher. She works at the Michael King Writers’ Centre with her friend Ros Ali, delivering the Young Writers Programme. Jo published a book of poems in 2011 called Apple & Tree.
Rata Gordon was born in Kaikohe in 1988. She is a seventh-generation Pakeha New Zealander. Her poems have appeared in Landfall, Poetry NZ, JAAM and elsewhere. The image of black moss in her ‘Being Born’ poem was inspired by Milan Djordjevic’s poem ‘The Rain Wants to Kill Itself’.
Bernadette Hall’s most recent books are Life & Customs (VUP 2013) and, in the same year, The Judas Tree, selected poems by the Christchurch poet, Lorna Staveley Anker (CUP). She was a guest reader at both the Dunedin and the Christchurch Book Festivals in 2014.
Helen Heath’s first collection of poems, Graft (VUP, 2012), was shortlisted for the Royal Society of New Zealand’s 2013 Science Book Prize.page 252
Ingrid Horrocks is a Wellington writer. She is a Senior Lecturer at Massey Wellington, where she teaches literature and creative nonfiction.
Anna Jackson’s sixth collection of poems is I, Clodia (AUP, 2014).
Erik Kennedy’s poems and reviews have appeared in The Curator, The Rumpus, and Sundog Lit in the US, The Morning Star, Oxford Poetry, and Poems in Which in the UK, and Catalyst in New Zealand. He blogs about poetry and poetics for Queen Mob’s Teahouse and is on the board of Takahē. Originally from New Jersey, he studied English at Rutgers and Princeton. He now lives in Christchurch.
Brent Kininmont’s first book of poems, Thuds Underneath, will be published by VUP in November 2015.
Anna Livesey, new Aucklander.
John McAuliffe is an Irish poet whose four books from The Gallery Press include Of All Places (2011) and The Way In (forthcoming, 2015). A selection of his poems was published by Wake Forest UP in the US in 2013. He teaches poetry at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing and writes a monthly poetry column for The Irish Times.
Kirsten McDougall’s first book, the novel-in-stories The Invisible Rider, was published by VUP in 2012. Occasional blog at invisiblerider.wordpress.com.
Maria McMillan is the author of two collections of poems, The Rope Walk (Seraph Press, 2013) and Tree Space (VUP, 2014).
Hannah Mettner is a Gisborne writer who lives and works in Wellington. She is one of the three editors of Sweet Mammalian, a new literary journal. She has never read Erica Jong, or been to Spain. She has a cat.
Claire Orchard’s first book of poems, Cold Water Cure, will be published by VUP in early 2016.
Vincent O’Sullivan’s Being Here: Selected Poems is published by VUP in April 2015.
Holly Painter is an MFA graduate of the University of Canterbury. She lives with her wife in Singapore, where she works as an academic copyediter. Her first book of poetry, Excerpts from a Natural History, is forthcoming from Titus Books. Visit Holly at hollypainter.com.
Chris Price has a new book of poems, Beside Herself, forthcoming from Auckland University Press in 2016.
James Purtill lives in Darwin and works as a reporter for the ABC. He is thirty years old.
Melissa Day Reid has been writing her first book since 2009, but when engaged in small talk she identifies as a science teacher. Her stories have appeared in Sport and Hue & Cry.
Kerrin P. Sharpe’s second book, There’s a medical name for this, was published by VUP in 2014.
Tracey Slaughter’s next short story collection is due in early 2016 from Victoria University Press. Her story ‘scenes of a long term nature’ won the 2014 international Bridport Prize, and her novella the longest drink in town has just been published by Pania Press. She teaches Creative Writing at the University ofpage 253 Waikato, where she edits the online literary journal Mayhem.
Marty Smith’s Aunty-in-Palmerston (Dolly) documented her brothers and father clearing the family farm from native bush in the 1890s, and her sister and mother at their housework. Their lives are stored carefully under the stairs in tissue wrapped glass plates from the Imperial Dry Plate Co, Ltd, Cricklewood, London, NW. Marty’s book Horse with Hat won the Jesse Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards, and was also a finalist in the poetry category. Her poems appear in Best New Zealand Poems 2009, 2011 and 2014.
John Summers’ prose has appeared in Hue & Cry, Turbine, JAAM and Takahē. He has also contributed travel writing to the Listener, NZ Herald and The Press, and writes about the outdoors for the website upcountry.co.nz. ‘Real Life’ will be included in his first book, The Mermaid Boy, a collection of non fiction stories to be published by Hue & Cry Press in May 2015.
Anna Taylor’s short story collection Relief won the 2010 NZSA Hubert Church Best first book of fiction award.
Giovanni Tiso is an Italian writer and translator based in Wellington.
Chris Tse lives and writes in Wellington. His first poetry collection, How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, was published by Auckland University Press in 2014.
Ruth Upperton was previously published in Sport 40 and Metro. She has recently completed a law degree and lives in Palmerston North.
Tim Upperton’s second poetry collection is The Night We Ate the Baby (Hau Nui Press, 2014). His poems have been published widely, and are anthologised in The Best of Best New Zealand Poems (VUP), Villanelles (Everyman), and Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century (Dartmouth University Press).
Rae Varcoe is a former physician who loves reading, especially reading poetry. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University and now lives and writes in Nelson.
Gem Wilder lives in Wellington, where she recently completed the Māori and Pasifika Creative Writing Workshop at the IIML.
Professor Damien Wilkins is Director of Te Pūtahi Tuhi Auaha o te Ao, The International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. He delivered his inaugural lecture, ‘No Hugging, Some Learning: writing and personal change’, on 26 August 2014. His latest novel, Max Gate, was a 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards finalist.
Faith Wilson: I write about my identity and place within the general makeup of New Zealand and the Pacific, about pop culture, philosophy, pop philosophy, partying and my phamily. I like the sound of language and the beauty of words. Besides writing poetry, I also do art performance, work a little bit, but mostly lounge around thinking about the weekend.
Sugar Magnolia Wilson had her first book of poetry, Pen Pal, published with Cats and Spaghetti Press in 2014. The entirety of the long poem that made up the book can be viewed on the Tuesday Poem blog as a PDF.
Ashleigh Young’s first book of poems, Magnificent Moon, was published by VUP in 2012. She is an editor and essayist. She blogs at eyelashroaming.com.