[Seraphine Pick, "Girl (with offered eyes)"]
I want New Zealand to secede from Americanized world culture,
in the same way that these islands seceded from the ancient
supercontinent of Gondwanaland.
– Scott Hamilton
Here's my preliminary attempt at a regional breakdown of the 28 poets in the last of our three AUP anthologies: New NZ Poets in Performance (2008):
Place -- Name -- Dates
• Serie Barford (b.1960)
German-Samoan by birth; lives in West Auckland
• Anna Jackson (b.1967)
Born in Auckland, she now lives in Wellington.
• Jack Ross (b.1962)
Born and still lives in Auckland's East Coast Bays.
• Robert Sullivan (b.1967)
Nga Puhi. Educated at Auckland University, he now lives in Hawai'i.
• Sonja Yelich (b.1965)
Lives in Bayswater, Auckland.
• Kapka Kassabova (b.1973)
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, she emigrated to New Zealand in 1992.
CHRISTCHURCH & CANTERBURY
• Tusiata Avia (b.1966)
A Samoan-New Zealander, born and educated in Christchurch.
• David Howard (b.1959)
Born and brought up in Christchurch, he now lives at Purakanui, near Dunedin.
• John Newton (b.1959)
Lives and teaches in Christchurch.
• Sarah Quigley (b.1967)
Born in Christchurch, she now lives in Berlin.
• Olivia Macassey (b.1975)
Born in Coromandel, she now lives in Parnell, Auckland.
• Tracey Slaughter (b.1972)
Lives in Thames, on the west side of the Coromandel Peninsula.
DUNEDIN & CENTRAL OTAGO
• Nick Ascroft (b.1973)
Born in Oamaru, he now lives in the UK.
• Emma Neale (b.1969)
Born in Dunedin, where she lives and works.
• Jenny Powell-Chalmers (b.1960)
Born in Dunedin, where she lives and works (after a brief sojourn in Wellington).
• Richard Reeve (b. 1976)
Born and educated in Dunedin, where he still lives.
• Thérèse Lloyd (b.1974)
Born in Napier, she presently lives in Iowa, where she was Schaeffer fellow for 2007-8.
• Glenn Colquhoun (b.1964)
Lives in a small village, Te Tii, just north of Kerikeri.
• Gregory O’Brien (b.1961)
Born in Matamata, he worked as a journalist in Northland before moving to Wellington, where he now lives.
• John Pule (b.1962)
Born in Niue, he came to New Zealand in 1964. Presently lives in Auckland.
• Jenny Bornholdt (b.1960)
Born and lives in Wellington.
• James Brown (b.1966)
Born in Wellington, he now lives in Island Bay.
• Kate Camp (b.1972)
Born and educated in Wellington.
• Lynda Chanwai-Earle (b.1965)
Born in London, she was brought up in New Guinea and educated in Hawkes Bay before moving to Auckland and, subsequently, Wellington.
• Andrew Johnston (b.1963)
Born in Upper Hutt, he now lives in France.
• Anne Kennedy (b.1959)
born and educated in Wellington, she now lives in Hawai'i.
• Mark Pirie (b.1974)
Born in Wellington, where he still lives.
• Chris Price (b.1962)
Born in Reading, England, she emigrated to Auckland in 1966. She now lives in Wellington.