Each poet will read a selection of poems from recent and past collections.
Towards the end of the evening the finalists of the 2017 NEW VOICES – Emerging Poets Competition will be announced and the winners will read their selected poem.
Take the opportunity to celebrate National Poetry Day and join us for this evening event
CK Stead poet, novelist, critic is The New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2015-2017. Born in Auckland, he began writing poetry while still at school, and published as a student. He was Professor of English at the University of Auckland from 1967 to 1986 when he stopped teaching to write full time. He is still Professor Emeritus. Stead has an international reputation as an expert on 20th century poetic Modernism and is a respected critic of New Zealand literature. His awards for poetry include: the Jessie Mackay award, the New Zealand Book Award for poetry, the King’s Lynn Poetry prize, the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, and the Sarah Broom prize. His Collected Poems 1951-2006 received a Montana Prize in 2009. Other literary awards and prizes include: the Katherine Mansfield Short Story award, the New Zealand Book Award for fiction (twice), the Sunday Times/E.F.G. Private Bank short story prize. Stead was awarded the C.B.E. in 1986 for services to New Zealand literature. In 2007 he was made a Member of the Order of New Zealand. In 2009 he received the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. Several of his novels have been translated into European languages.
Paula Green is a poet, anthologist, children’s author, book-award judge and reviewer. She has published ten poetry collections including several for children. Co-written with Harry Ricketts, her book 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry was short-listed for the 2010 NZ Post Book Awards. Her latest adult collection, New York Pocket Book came out last year. Her most recent children’s book The Letter Box Cat and other poems (Scholastic) won Children’s Choice at the 2015 NZ Book Awards. She runs two blogs: NZ Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Poetry and Literature in 2017. Paula’s work features in 2017 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 20/20 Collection.
Vana Manasiadis judged the 2016 NEW VOICES emerging poets competition and we are delighted she will take part in this year's Divine Muses reading. She is a poet, creative writing teacher and editor. Born in Wellington, she has lived in Greece, Italy and France, and in 2005 completed a Masters in Creative Writing at International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University. Her poetry collection Ithaca Island Bay Leaves: A Mythistorima published by Seraph Press in 2009, draws on her Greek heritage and as Lynley Edmeades puts it, "the spaces between one place and another, one language and another, one historical time and another". Her work is regularly published in New Zealand literary publications and features in 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry and Essential New Zealand Poems. In 2016, she edited and translated Shipwrecks/Shelters, a selection of contemporary Greek poetry, and the first in a planned series of bilingual poetry collections, published by Seraph Press. For the series this year, Vana is co-editing a bilingual volume of poetry by Maori women writers with playwright Maraea Rakuraku.
From a large Pakeha-Italian family, Michael Giacon grew up in Ponsonby. He has worked at teriary level in English language teaching at the Auckland University of Technology, and graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing from AUT in 2016. . As part of his studies he produced Beyond Retrieve, a volume of poetry about a life of writing. In 2016 he was awarded the Kathleen Grattan Prize for a sequence of poems with 'Argento in no man land’, based on a section of that volume. He has been published in Brief, and is focusing on further publishing and writing.
Joined the Literatti in 2011 as a scholarship-winning graduate of the International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, who count Eleanor Catton and Hera Lindsay Bird amongst their Alumni. Noted for her lyricism and powerful stage presence, she’s now a performer in demand, who often performs with musicians – at venues like The Thirsty Dog
and theatres like Galatos, The Basement and The Mercury. In 2017 Simone performed in the Auckland Arts Festival and at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival.
Lucky Punch, published by Anahera Press, Simone’s first book, was launched November 2016. It straddles poetry and memoir, as the narrator comes of age in New Zealand’s intersection of pacific and colonial culture. Metro, The Herald, The Pantograph Punch and Landfall have reviewed Lucky Punch with enthusiasm; “I love it - it’s bruising ache” Paula Green, “Utterly compelling” Anne Kennedy. Simone has been interviewed on TV by Tagata Pasifika and on National Radio with Jessie Mulligan.
Her work is featured in the 2017 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 20/20 Collection.
Siobhan Harvey is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology. Author of 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 work has been published in Arc (Ca), Asia Literary Review (HK), Burnt Pine Magazine (US) Cordite (Aus), Stand (UK) and the anthology, Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems (Otago University Press). Winner of the 2016 Write Well Award (Fiction, US), she was 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 President of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Poetry Archive (UK) holds a ‘Poet’s Page’ devoted to her work.
2017 JUDGE - NEW VOICES - Emerging Poets Competition
DR MARIS O'ROURKE
Dr Maris O'Rourke began writing in 2008 and since then has been well placed in a number of competitions including: Robert Burns, Caselberg, Kevin Ireland, NZ Poetry Society, Matariki Festival and Aesthetica. Her work has been published in a range of journals: Takahe, Poetry New Zealand (Guest Poet, Issue 44), Bravado, ‘a fine line’ (inaugural guest poet), Shot Glass Journal (USA), Otago Daily Times, International Literary Quarterly (UK), Side Stream, Tyneside Poets (UK), The Fib Review (USA), Ama’zine (AUS), Flash Frontier and Landfall. She has also featured in a number of anthologies e.g. Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page, Starch Vol II and Taking Latin America Home. In 2013 O’Rourke first poetry collection Singing With Both Throats was published by David Ling Publishing to good reviews. In 2015 her set of poems Motherings won the coveted Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems. She has written three successful children’s books, illustrated by Claudia Pond Eyley and published by Duck Creek Press – Lillibutt’s Big Adventure (2012); Lillibutt’s Te Araroa Adventure (2014); and Lillibutt’s Australian Adventure (2015). In 2016 Lillibutt’s Te Araroa Adventure was translated into Maori as Te Haerenga Maia Riripata i Te Araroa by Kura Kaupapa Maori Principal Ani Wainui and distributed to all Te Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori schools. It has been named as a finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2017. In 2016 she completed her Masters in Creative Writing, at Auckland Univeristy of Technology and is currently working on a memoir with the working title Zig Zags and Leapfrogs.