National Poetry Day is a one-day celebration of poetry run each year. In 2018 it took place on Friday 24 August.
- Ray's post about National Poetry Day 2018
- View all the Poetry Day events in Canterbury
- Like the National Poetry Day Facebook page
- Follow NZ Poetry Day on Twitter
- Browse our page of poetry resources
Come celebrate National Poetry Day with performances by four Christchurch poets. Suitable for all ages.
Jeni Curtis is a Christchurch writer who has had short stories and poetry published in various publications including takahe, NZPS anthologies 2014 to 2017, JAAM, Atlanta Review, The London Grip, and the Poetry NZ Yearbook. In 2016 she received a mentorship from the New Zealand Society of Authors. She is secretary of the Canterbury Poets Collective, and chair of the takahe trust. She is also co-editor of poetry for takahe, and editor of the Christchurch Dickens Fellowship magazine Dickens Down Under.
David Gregory has had three books published in New Zealand, Always Arriving and Frame of Mind, both by Sudden Valley Press and Push by Black Doris Press. His poetry has appeared in a goodly number of publications and anthologies and he has performed his work here and in the UK. He has been involved with the promotion of poetry with for over 20 years. He is also an editor for Sudden Valley Press which has produced over 32 high quality poetry books.
Heather McQuillan is Director at The School for Young Writers. She loves writing in many forms from poetry to short fiction to novels and plays. She has a Master of Creative Writing. Some of her work will appear in the upcoming Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand which will be launched at the WORD Christchurch Festival.
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman writes poetry, memoir and history. His most recent works are Blood Ties: New and Selected Poems 1963-2016 (Canterbury University Press, 2017) and Dylan Junkie, his Bob Dylan fanboy poems (Makaro Press, 2017).
How we have celebrated past Poetry Days
- Our National Poetry Day photos on Flickr.
- 2017 events and competitions
- Christchurch City Libraries 2014 poetry competition winners Stephen Davies and Catherine Fitchett published on our blog.
- Christchurch City Libraries 2013 poetry competition winners Irena Tojcic and Daniel Bartlett published on our blog.
- Montana Poetry Day 2009