How to Use The Index

  • If you'd like to look at the contents of any particular issue, click on that issue's number in the right-hand sidebar.
    • NB: If you don't know the number, but do know the approximate year, or the name of the editor or featured poet, you can click on those details in the LABELS section at the base of the sidebar.
  • If you'd like to look at the publications of any particular author, click on the AUTHOR INDEX in the right-hand sidebar.
  • If you'd like to see full publication details and page numbers of every issue of the magazine, click on the CONTENTS link in the right-hand sidebar.
    • If you'd rather refer quickly to a brief summary of all the issues to date, click on the SITE-MAP link.


Poetry New Zealand, also known as PNZ, Poetry NZ, and (now) Poetry New Zealand Yearbook began in 1951 with the publication of Louis Johnson's New Zealand Poetry Yearbook. It is therefore this country's oldest poetry magazine, but it still maintains a focus on new and younger writers. It also contains reviews and articles about poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Since Johnson ceased his editorship in the 1960s, Poetry New Zealand has been edited by some of New Zealand's most distinguished poets and academics, including Frank McKay (James K. Baxter's biographer), Elizabeth Caffin (formerly Managing Editor of Auckland University Press), David Drummond, Grant Duncan, Riemke Ensing, Bernard Gadd, Leonard Lambert, Harry Ricketts, Elizabeth Smither and Brian Turner. The magazine was edited from 1993 to 2014 by Alistair Paterson – a well-known New Zealand poet, novelist, anthologist, editor and literary critic – with help from guest editors such as Owen Bullock, Siobhan Harvey and Nicholas Reid. The present managing editor is Jack Ross, of Massey University's School of English and Media Studies.

The magazine's policy is to support poetry and poets both in New Zealand and overseas. Each annual issue features a substantial selection of poems and an interview with a developing or established poet. The rest of the issue is comprised of a selection of poetry from New Zealand and abroad, as well as essays, reviews and general criticism.

While New Zealand poets receive the most attention, Poetry New Zealand is always looking for high quality work from other countries. Overseas poets printed here have included: Charles Bernstein, Charles Bukowski, Wanda Coleman, Robert Creeley, Les Murray, August Kleinzahler and many others.

If you're interested in submitting to Poetry New Zealand, please follow the suggestions on the Submit page on the Poetry NZ website.

For other news, views, reviews and interviews, you can check out our blog or our facebook page. For additional book reviews, go to our Poetry NZ Review site.

Our personnel are as follows:

  • Managing Editor: Dr Jack Ross

  • Webmaster: Warren Olds

  • Advisory Board: Thom Conroy, Jen Crawford, John Denny, Matthew Harris, Ingrid Horrocks, David Howard, Bronwyn Lloyd, Alistair Paterson, Tracey Slaughter, Bryan Walpert

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