new zealand electronic poetry centre


A selection of nzepc-hosted pages featuring poets and poetry with a New Zealand or Pacific connection.


A Circle of Laureates

Video of ten NZ poet laureates who read as part of Writers Week at the 2016 New Zealand Festival in Wellington: Bill Manhire (1997-99), Hone Tuwhare (1999-2001) represented by his son Rob, Elizabeth Smither (2001-03), Brian Turner (2003-05), Jenny Bornholdt (2005-07) Michele Leggott (2007-09), Cilla McQueen (2009-11), Ian Wedde (2011-13), Vincent O'Sullivan (2013-15) and CK Stead (2015-17). 


Missing Up: Pam Brown Reads in Devonport

"The group of poems I read in Michele Leggott's kitchen in Devonport, Auckland in February 2015 is from a manuscript-in-progress called 'Missing up'. They were written sometime between late 2012 and late 2014. "

Missing Up

Carla Harryman and Barrett Watten in New Zealand

Distinguished North American poets Carla Harryman and Barrett Watten visited New Zealand in July to read and talk in Dunedin and Auckland. Their visit was hosted by the University of Otago and the University of Auckland, and included public readings and some open seminar sessions.

Harryman & Watten

Alan Brunton in Performance 1968-2002

To celebrate the launch of Beyond the Ohlala Mountains: Alan Brunton / Poems 1968-2002, nzepc presents an extensive audio feature, Alan Brunton in Performance 1974-2002. Titus Books published the volume, edited by Michele Leggott and Martin Edmond, and nzepc is hosting its Online Notes. Check out the video and selected photos of the launch concert held at the University of auckland’s Waipapa Marae, featuring poets, singers, musicians and actors performing work by Alan Brunton.    


Starlight: a John Tranter Poetry Reading

Australia's foremost poet joined by local poets Michele Leggott, Robert Sullivan and Anne Kennedy at Auckland Central City Library on 16 December 2013

John Tranter

David Eggleton Reads in Dunedin

Performance videos featuring David Eggleton at the Port Chalmers Library and in other Dunedin locations, April 2013.

David Eggleton

Kelly Malone and Makyla Curtis: Nee Miss / Nemesis

An exploration of the poetics texts and language play of Kelly Malone brought off the page in sound, sculpture and moving image by Makyla Curtis.

Nee Miss

Poetry as Social Action
A Symposium at the University of Auckland.

How do contemporary poets engage their multiple audiences? What is the function of experiment in writing as a social act? How should we map the cultural dimensions of eco-poetics, identity politics or non-normative behaviours? Seven speakers address these and other questions in a series of interactive panels and a public reading hosted by nzepc

Social Action

Pam Brown in New Zealand

Australian poet, critic and editor Pam Brown was a Distinguished Visitor at the University of Auckland in 2013. During her time in Auckland Pam gave public talks and readings, ed UoA classes and participated in a symposium on Poetry as Social Action organised by the NZ Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc). In addition she visited Victoria University of Wellington and completed a Tapa Notebook.

Pam Brown

Young Knowledge: A Public Conversation

nzepc joins with NZ Poet Laureate Ian Wedde and Auckland Central City Library to present Young Knowledge: A Public Conversation, the first in a series of events sponsored by the National Library in which poets read and discuss a well-known New Zealand poem. On this occasion Ian Wedde, Murray Edmond, Michele Leggott, Mary Paul and Iain Sharp take on  Robin Hyde’s ‘Young Knowledge‘ (1936). Audio files recorded and made available by nzepc. 

Robin Hyde


SHORT TAKES ON LONG POEMS kicked off with LOUNGE 24, a reading featuring eleven symposium speakers at Old Government House on the University of Auckland City Campus, 28 March 2012.  

Lounge 24

A Trans Tasman symposium at the University of Auckland

Where does the contemporary long poem locate itself in physical and digital space? How do we present long forms to each other in the round and on the web? The New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) and visiting American poet Rachel Blau DuPlessiss host two days of talks and performances at the University of Auckland culminating in a long poem collaboration on Onetangi beach, Waiheke Island.

Short Takes on Long Poems

periphery / to carry around

As part of ‘Poetry & the Contemporary,’ a conference held in Melbourne 7-9 July 2011 and hosted by Deakin University, eighteen New Zealand and Australian poets met at Carlton Gardens to make a collaborative video work with texts brought specifically for the purpose but undisclosed beforehand. Later in the day we recorded further readings at the Victorian Trades Hall and Kris Hemensley’s Collected Works Bookshop.


Phantoms at LOUNGE

Phantom Billstickers launches a new series of poem posters at LOUNGE #13 with readings by local poets, musicians, student writers and the US Consul General. Video clips and posters.

Phantoms at Lounge

All Together Now: A Digital Bridge for Auckland and Sydney
A two-phase multimedia anthology launching March and September in conjunction with nzepc’s HOME & AWAY 2010 trans Tasman poetry symposium. Edited by Pam Brown, Martin Edmond, Brian Flaherty and Michele Leggott.

All Together Now

HOME & AWAY 2010
A trans Tasman poetry symposium, 30-31 March at the University of Auckland; 1-2 September at the University of Technology Sydney. Programmes, presentations, photos and digital bridge.

Home & Away - Auckland

SEVEN STARS: a project for Matariki 2009
Seven poets east to west across the isthmus of Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) look for the stars of Matariki as they appear in the northeastern sky June-July. Murray Edmond, David Eggleton, Brian Flaherty, Paula Green, Michele Leggott, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Lisa Samuels.

Seven Stars

Phantom Billstickers Poem Posters 2009
An initiative by poster company Phantom Billstickers puts poems by New Zealand and American poets on the streets as A1 posters. The posters will go up in 13 New Zealand cities and in Tennessee, changing monthly.

phantom posters

Some shells in a tobacco tin: Tributes for Ruth Dallas 1919-2008
David Howard collects a wide range of responses to the work and life of Ruth Dallas, with audio of the poet reading from Song for a Guitar and Other Songs

Ruth Dallas

Love, War and Last Things: A Digital Bridge for Florence at the NZ Studies Association/Centre for NZ Studies conference.

Featuring digital works by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Paula Green, Jack Ross, Robert Sullivan and audio poems by Alan Brunton, Lauris Edmond, Murray Edmond, Rowley Habib, Anne Kennedy, John Male, Mary Stanley and Kendrick Smithyman


Paula Green reads from Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins
video clips of Paula Green reading from her latest book

Selina Tusitala Marsh -Tapa in the Park
Video and photographs of Selina’s performance of ‘Not Another Nafanua Poem’ in Albert Park with students from the University of Auckland’s English 347 Poetry off the Page.


A poetry symposium in Southland, 21-24 April 2006, hosted by Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluff, and Toi Rakiura (Stewart Island). Programme, poems, presentations, photos and reviews.

An online poetry anthology compiled 21-23 April 2006 and launched in Oban, Rakiura, at the final reading for BLUFF 06.

Laurie Duggan Reads in Auckland
Text and video clips of Australian poet Laurie Duggan reading recent poems at the University of Auckland, March 2005.


Pam Brown Reads in Auckland
Text and video clips of Australian poet and Jacket magazine co-editor Pam Brown reading recent poems at the University of Auckland, September 2005.

Joanna Margaret Paul (1945-2003)
a co-publication with brief 32 of work by and about Joanna Margaret Paul (1945-2003)

Leaflets & Chalk
A project by students, poets and nzepc to bring poems into public spaces of the University of Auckland campus as printed handouts and chalked texts on Montana Poetry Day, Friday 22 July 2005.

A poetry symposium at the University of Canterbury 21 -- 23 April 2005. Links to poems, presentations, posters, photos and reviews.

Online Poetry Anthology
Between 12 noon Thursday 21 April and 12 noon Saturday 23 April 2005 poems mailed or brought on a disk to the FUGACITY 05 symposium were assembled to make an online poetry anthology ready for launching at New Brighton beach

Poetry on the Pavement
Auckland CBD, 7 February – 26 March 2005
An Auckland City Council Living Room event curated by Paula Green and
photographed by Deborah Smith.


3rd Birthday
Celebrations and a symposium, including 13 poets reading (video and text)

Capital of the minimal
Artists, poets and musicians from the fringes of Dunedin


A selection from Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English

12 Taonga
Twelve recordings from the Aotearoa / New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive

Big Smoke Comment and Context
Poets and readers of Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960-1975 comment on and contextualise the era and the work it produced.


brief #28 Alan Brunton
Co-publication with brief #28 of materials from Alan Brunton special issue (Spring 2003), ed. Jack Ross.


Nine Exiled Poets 
nzepc and The Poetics of Exile conference present selections by readers at Nine Exiled Poets
18 July 2003 at Hopetoun Alpha, Auckland

co-publication with brief 26 of selected material from Kendrick Smithyman special issue (January 2003), ed. Jack Ross.


some recollections of Alan Brunton

John Tranter Reads in Auckland
Text and video clips of Australian poet and Jacket magazine editor John Tranter reading and talking about 13 recent poems at the University of Auckland, August 2002

Seeing Voices 
A New Zealand Festival of Poetry
23-25 August, 2002 at the University of Auckland


Last updated 14 April, 2016