Monthly Archives: July 2019

Poetry Shelf noticeboard: National Poetry Day – Taranaki’s Fantastic Ekphrastic competition


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National Poetry day ideas just keep getting cooler and cooler!

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Fantastic Ekphrastic is open to all ages, from primary school through to adults, and poetry-writing experience isn’t necessary, Winder said.

“People should 100 per cent give it a go. This is your chance to go for it.”

The winners will be announced on August 24, National Poetry Day, and the poems will be on the billboards in the week starting August 25.

The judges are Griffiths, Winder and two other poets.

The art can be seen on Pop Up Poetry Taranaki’s Facebook page. Entries can be sent by email to or by snail mail to 7 Brookes St, Inglewood, 4330. Entries must be in by August 9 and cannot exceed 24 lines.

Article here

Poetry Shelf noticeboard: submissions for Sweet Mammalian issue & Wellington LitCrawl micro-residencies close soon




Submissions for Sweet Mammalian‘s sixth issue and the Wellington LitCrawl micro-residencies close at midnight on 31 July.

There are five micro-residency places available. The micro-residencies will take place over the weekend of Verb’s literary festival in Wellington, November 9-10 2019. The poets will be provided with a gallery space to write in for 2 days, a stipend, and the opportunity to read in the Sweet Mammalian Launch which will take place as part of the LitCrawl on 9 November.

Send up to five poems to Let the editors (Rebecca Hawkes and Nikki-Lee Birdsey) know in the email whether you’d like to be considered for the micro-residencies. You can support this with an attached micro-residency application of up to a page about yourself, your work, and what this opportunity would mean for you.

So send in your most thrilling writing this Leo season! All your roars and purrs and beastliest words.



Poetry Shelf noticeboard: AUP New Poets 5 and Helen Rickerby’s How to Live launch




Auckland University Press and Unity Books Wellington
warmly invite you
to attend the combined launch of


Helen Rickerby’s  How to Live

and  AUP New Poets 5 with Carolyn DeCarlo, Sophie van Waardenberg,
and Rebecca Hawkes. Edited and with a foreword by Anna Jackson


6–7:30pm, Wednesday 7 August 2019
Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington



Poetry Shelf audio spot: Janis Freegard reads ‘Requiem’


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‘Requiem’ was first published in the Atlanta Review (USA) in 2017. (I wrote the first draft during a Kahini workshop on the Kapiti coast).



Janis Freegard’s most recent publications are a novel The Year of Falling (Mākaro Press, 2015) and a poetry collection The Glass Rooster (Auckland University Press, 2015). Based in Wellington, she is a member of the Meow Gurrrls poetry group and blogs occasionally.