Poetry Shelf, Poet’s Choice: Nina Powles makes her picks

   Having just finished my MA in poetry, this year has been not just one of writing but of reading poetry hungrily and intensely. One of the joys of getting to know 10 other writers so closely was the huge number of new writers I discovered thanks to them. Two books I might otherwise never […]

Nina Powles on Katherine Mansfield’s newly-discovered poems

This from Nina Powles:   “Up and up beat her wings” Lecture by Dr Gerri Kimber on her discovery of new poems by Katherine Mansfield, 5/8/15 at the City Gallery, Wellington   In 1999, a folder of papers was bequeathed to the Newberry Library in Chicago. It contained two letters to publishers sent in 1910 […]

Nina Powles on Vona Groarke in conversation with Cliff Fell at the City Gallery ‘I’m interested in words being placed on top of other words; words landing on top of their own shadow’

Vona Groarke in conversation with Cliff Fell at the City Gallery, Wellington. 21 May, 2015     the lit window summons the dark as if from one frame of mind to another,   as if from one future to a future opposite runs a tripwire of desire.   — Vona Groarke, ‘The Courtyards of Vilhelm […]

Poem Friday: Nina Powles’ ‘Josephine’ — This is a poem of curvature and overlap

      Author bio:  Nina Powles studied English literature and Chinese at Victoria University, where she is now studying towards her MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared in Salient, Turbine and Sweet Mammalian. Girls of the Drift (Seraph Press 2014) is her debut poetry collection. She will […]

Nina Powles’ Girls of the Drift – I love the way lines turn a corner and surprise you

     Nina Powles, Girls of the Drift Seraph Press 2014 Nina Powles was the Books Editor for Salient last year, has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Chinese from Victoria University and is about to commence an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. Nina’s debut chapbook is handbound […]

Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Nina Mingya Powles makes the RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist

RSL Ondaatje Prize RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist The annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place. RSL Ondaatje Prize 2021 – The Shortlist We are excited to announce the shortlist for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2021. Ruth Gilligan  The Butchers (Atlantic Books) Louise Hare  […]

Poetry Shelf celebrates Ockham NZ Book Awards Poetry shortlist: Nina Mingya Powles and ten things she loves

Ten things I love A photograph Me in Beijing, taken by my partner. A poem by someone else a dream of foxes in the dream of foxesthere is a fieldand a procession of womenclean as good childrenno hollow in the worldsurrounded by dogsno fur clumped bloodyon the groundonly a lovely lineof honest women steppingwithout fear […]

Poetry Shelf celebrates the Ockham NZ Book Awards Poetry Longlist: Nina Mingya Powles reads from MAGNOLIA 木蘭

Nina Mingya Powles, MAGNOLIA 木蘭, Seraph Press, 2020 NIna reads ‘Faraway love’ from MAGNOLIA 木蘭   鸣 (míng), the cry of animals and insects, rhymes with tooth, which rhymes with precipice, which rhymes with the first part of my Chinese name. I am full of nouns and verbs; I don’t know how to live any […]