If facing the paper, your thought is 'I am an artist', you have no clue what to do. If the concepts of your function are, 'I am a shape maker, an entertainer, an expressive symbol collector'...then you have an explicit road map. Edgar Whitney

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Published Poems

A few folk have asked me where they can read my poems. Some are here on my blog  of course. Here's a summary of poems published elsewhere.

Snorkel, the literary journal of the University of Sydney, you can read Turning the Seasons with the Dead here

International Literary Quarterly published Biological Name for Moth and Coracle here

Turbine, Literary Magazine of the Victoria University, Wellington NZ published Found Farther and Farther Out here

Shot Glass Journal published Nude on a Staircase here

I've been a Tuesday poet on Catherine Fitchett's blog, with Young Woman Marries the Farmer's Son here

Samuel Peralta featured Drawing Grasses in Okains Bay New Zealand on his blog The Semaphore Anthology

Print Media
In addition I have been published several times in Takahe, which you can subscribe to here. Numerous times in The Press. Voiceprints #3, which is available to purchase through the Canterbury Poets Collective. Also Enamel and Crest to Crest Anthology of Canterbury Poetry and Prose.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Winning the 2011 Margaret Mahy Prize.

“Ok, so you’re pretty prolific, get 100 poems together and let’s see if there’s a book amongst them.”  Thus began the relationship with my Hagley Writers Institute supervisor, John Dickson.

OOOkay… I gulped and got to work and lo, I pulled it off. I narrowed it down to 47, submitted the manuscript for my final folio and it was short listed in the top seven. From these Anne Rogers, editor at Random House chose the winners of the Margaret Mahy Award. I thought I hadn’t heard correctly when my name was called. I stumbled up to receive the award, and then spent the rest of the evening in a grinning daze. Always remember to prepare a winners face, as well as a losers. I have learned by experience now! Pictures of graduation here.

The manuscript is called, A Machine of Herbs and Flowers. It’s my first collection of poetry. Hagley are now sending it to Auckland University Press and one other publisher yet to be decided to be considered for publishing.

2011 was tough, with some 9,500 aftershocks and quakes in Christchurch and the death of one of my best friends. Hagley held me together and gave me purpose and hope. There’s a lot to look forward to and work towards in 2012. I’m returning to Hagley for year two. This year my tutor is the brilliant Frankie Mcmillan who I know will be able to polish my short fiction writing skills.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review of apple strudel

Thank you to Emmett Wheatfall for his review of 'apple strudel'. It's always a pleasure to be reviewed by a peer. His review can be read here http://emmettwheatfall.tumblr.com/ .