We are delighted to again be working with the Auckland Central Library. We had been planning an evening reading at the library then Covid sent Auckland back into Level 3. So the Library said - let’s go online!
Join with us and celebrate National Poetry Day - ‘tune’ into the Auckland Libraries YouTube page to hear five of Auckland’s finest poets read their poetry.
MICHAEL GIACON was born and grew up in Auckland in a large Pakeha-Italian family. His passion is poetry. In 2016 he graduated with a Master in Creative Writing from AUT. That year he was awarded the Kathleen Grattan Prize for a sequence of poems, Argento in no man land. His long association with the University continues with mentoring in the Centre for Creative Writing, and lecturing on English language and academic literacies.
He has been published in Land Fall, Fast Fibres, Fresh Ink, brief and a fine line. He is a member of the Isthmus group of poets, who produced the chap book, Cityscapes, in 2019. He is on the board of the Same Same but Different Writers’ festival, and was this year a co-judge for the inaugural Peter Wells Short Fiction Contest.
Michael is currently editing a manuscript of his poetry for publication.
ELIZABETH MORTON is a storyteller and poet. She twice placed second in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition, and came second in the inaugural Sargeson Short Story Prize. She has an MLitt Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, and is completing an MSc in Applied Neuroscience with King’s College London. In 2013 she won the New Voices – Emerging Poets competition. Wolf, her first collection, was published by Makaro Press (2017). Her book of poetry, This is your real name, was published earlier this year by Otago University Press.
ALEXANDRA FRASERis an Auckland poet who has been published in magazines and anthologies both in NZ and overseas.
She has gained both first (After the Cyclone 2017) and second places (Penguin days 2017, Hydropsychidae 2020) in the NZPS International competition; also some commendeds and highly commendeds.
A member of the Isthmus group of poets, a collective of AUT alumni, which is also a critique and collaborative publishing group. They published Poetry in the Garden in 2019, Cityscapes 2018.
Alexandra Fraser has degrees in Zoology (Otago), Anthropology (Auckland), and Master Creative Writing (AUT). Her many years working as a science teacher have strongly influenced her writing, and she has a special interest in environmental science and science fiction.
Her first collection of poems Conversations by Owl-light 2014 saw her described “as one of the finest contemporary writers engaging with scientific themes in New Zealand”. Her second collection was Star Trails 2019 was also well received and she is currently working on a third dealing with both human, plant and animal colonisations.
ELIZABETH WELSH is a poet, papermaker and academic editor. She is the author of Over There a Mountain, published by Makaro Press in 2018. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She lives in Titirangi with her husband and daughter.
SIOBHAN HARVEYis the author of five books, including the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Award winning poetry collection, Cloudboy (Otago University Press, 2014), and co-editor of Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page (Penguin Random House NZ), which was shortlisted for the 2015 PANZ Book Awards.
Recently, her poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in Arc (Ca), Asia Literary Review (HK), Burnt Pine Magazine (US) Cordite (Aus), Griffith Review (Aus), Landfalland Poet's Republic (UK) as well as the recent anthologies, Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility (Cyren US, 2019) and More of Us: New Zealand Poems by Migrant Authors(Landing, 2019).
Winner of the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Award for a Sequence of Poems and 2019 UNESCO City of Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Prize, as well as 2016 Write Well Award (Fiction, US), she was longlisted for the 2019 Australian Book Review Peter Porter Prize (Aus), shortlisted for the 2015 Janet Frame Memorial Award, runner-up in 2014 New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition, 2012 Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize (Aus), 2012 Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition and 2011 Landfall Essay Prize. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology where she is currently studying a PhD in Creative Writing, and as a New Zealand Book Council writer in schools.
The Poetry Archive (UK) holds a ‘Poet’s Page’ devoted to her work. Her new collection, Ghosts (Otago University Press) is forthcoming.
With thanks to:
The wonderful poets who have given their time and taken us to another place through the reading of their poetry.
The team at Auckland Central Library for enabling and making this reading happen and as such Auckland Council for being a supporting partner to Divine Muses.