Elizabeth Smither is the winner of the 2016 Poetry Prize.
New Plymouth based poet Elizabeth Smither was announced as the winner of the 2016 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize at the Auckland Writers Festival.
- Other Finalists -
Airini Beautrais: a Whanganui-based poet, teacher, and mother of two young children, the author of three collections, including Dear Neil Roberts (Victoria University Press, 2014).
Amanda Hunt: a poet and ecologist living in Rotorua, whose work has appeared in anthologies of the New Zealand Poetry Society, online, and in newspapers.
2016 Guest Judge
Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen’s University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.
Paul Muldoon’s main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001) and Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, and Horse Latitudes (2006).
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, and the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”
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