This page connects you with poetry-related resources and organisations. It shows you how to find poetry in our collection, as well as resources on how to write and get it published.

National Poetry Day 2017 is on Friday 25 August.


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New Zealand poets

Denis Glover
Information about poet Denis Glover.
Karlo Mila
Auckland based poet Karlo Mila headed to Christchurch in September 2008 for the The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival. Read our interview with her and listen to her poem Inside us the dead.
James Norcliffe
An interview with poet/author James Norcliffe about writing poetry.
Joanna Preston
An interview with Christchurch poet Joanna Preston following the launch of The summer king.
Landfall in Unknown Seas
About the poem by Allen Curnow narrated with incidental music by Douglas Lilburn.

Poetry resources

New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre
Electronic gateway to poetry resources in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific region. Based at the University of Auckland, it aims to coordinate existing archival and publishing information, and to present some full-text electronic publication of poetry and commentary in consultation with authors and their publishers.
New Zealand Poetry Society
Organisation advancing education by promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. Site includes links to New Zealand poetry journals, New Zealand and international writing resources, and an annual international poetry competition for both adults and young people.
Poetry Archive
Listen to contemporary poets reading their own work. Also included is a wealth of background material on each poet and some filmed interviews.
Twitter poetry night New Zealand
New Zealand poets and poetry fans get together on Twitter to share audiorecordings of poems.

Getting published

Getting published
Information from the New Zealand Poetry Society.
Listing of New Zealand publishers.

Poetry groups and events in Canterbury

Catalyst is a literary journal that publishes poetry, prose, fiction, experimental works, song lyrics, script/screenplay excerpts, as well as visual art and spoken word. It is produced by Neoismist Press in Lyttelton. It runs a ‘Poetry Open Mic’ every month.
Christchurch poetry events
Listing from the New Zealand Poetry Society of Christchurch poetry events.
Poetry groups in Christchurch & Canterbury
Groups in Christchurch who get together to study, write and perform poetry. From CINCH.
Takahē Magazine
Magazine that appears three times a year and publishes short stories, poetry and art by established and emerging writers and artists, as well as essays and interviews (by invitation), and book reviews in these related areas.

For teens

Poetry on our blog
Browse the poetry related posts on the Christchurch City Libraries’ blog.

Poetry photos

Poetry-related photos on Flickr.