Tag Archives: Poetry Shelf Audio Spot

Poetry Shelf audio spot: Sarah Jane Barnett’s ‘Playing Dead’




Sarah Jane Barnett is a poet and freelance editor. Her poetry has been published in Aotearoa, Australia, and the US. Sarah’s debut collection A Man Runs into a Woman was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Her second collection WORK was released in October 2015. She is currently working on a third collection, a poetic memoir about how raising her son makes her confront her own childhood trauma. She lives in Wellington, Aotearoa, with her family.


‘Playing Dead’ was published in Turbine.









Poetry Shelf audio spot: Vaughan Rapatahana’s Te Henga



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Vaughan Rapatahana continues to write and to live across three countries. Several new books in different genre are due out soon in Hong Kong SAR, Aotearoa New Zealand, France, United Kingdom. Thank you also for this opportunity.


Poetry Shelf review of Ternion






Poetry Shelf audio spot: Emma Shi reads ‘What comes after’

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Emma Shi was the winner of the National Schools Poetry NZ 2013 and the Poetry NZ Prize 2017. She has also been published in literary journals such as Landfall and Starling. She writes at facebook.com/emmlexx.


You can read the poem at The Starling where it was first published.







Poetry Shelf audio spot: Helen Heath reads two new poems from Are Friends Electric








‘Greg and the bird’

and the bird’



‘A rise of starlings’



Helen Heath’s debut collection, Graft, won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry Award. It was also shortlisted for the Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize (the first poetry or fiction shortlisted). Helen has a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington’s IIML. Her new collection, Are Friends Electric, is a poetic smorgasbord that offers diverse and satisfying engagements.


Paula Green and Helen Heath in conversation

Victoria University Press page











Poetry Shelf audio spot: Emma Neale reads ‘Man Up’







‘Man Up’ from Tender Machines, Otago University Press, 2015


Emma Neale received the inaugural NZSA/Janet Frame Memorial Award, the Kathleen Grattan Award for an unpublished poetry manuscript (The Truth Garden), the University of Otago Burns Fellowship and the NZSA/Beatson Fellowship. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Sarah Broom Poetry Award and the Bridport Poetry Prize, and her poetry collection, Tender Machines, was long-listed in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her novel, Billy Bird, was short-listed for the Acorn Prize in the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. She is the current editor of Landfall.


Otago University Press page







Poetry Shelf Audio Spot – a mini performance from Tusiata Avia – Ma’i Maliu I and II



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Photo credit: Hayley Theyer, courtesy of Phantom






Tusiata reads two poems, ‘Ma’i Maliu I’ and ‘Ma’i Maliu II’ that go to the core of her epilepsy. I have heard Tusiata read several times this year, both times in a fragile state on stage, where she explained what has happened and what might happen, before moving into poetry that takes you by the heart, throat, ear and stomach. Nothing has touched me like this. It is as though her poetry breathes new life into me. On Saturday night she opted out of a Christchurch gig in her move to get stronger – when she was due on stage she recorded these poems.



Tusiata lives in Christchurch. She has published three books of poetry, including Wild Dogs Under My Skirt and Bloodclot, and three children’s books. Known for her dynamic performance style she has also written and performed a one-woman show based on Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. In 2016 it began a new life as an award- winning play for six women. Tusiata has held a number of writers’ residencies and awards, including the CNZ Fulbright Pacific Writer’s Fellowship at University of Hawai’i and the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. She is regularly published in international literary journals and invited to appear at writers’ festivals around the globe. Her most recent collection, Fale Aitu | Spirit House, was shortlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards in 2017.


Victoria University Press page


From Fale Atu|Spirit House:  ‘Wairua Road’ poem







Poetry Shelf audio spot: Amy Brown reads 13th August 2016




The image is by Auckland artist, Peter Gouge, who drew it for Amy’s son Robin.



’13th August 2016′  is the first entry in what I’m calling Neon Daze: a verse journal of the first four months,


Amy Brown grew up in Hawkes Bay and now lives in Melbourne, where she teaches Literature and Philosophy. Her last book, The Odour of Sanctity, was published by VUP in 2013.