SARAH BROOM

THE LIFE AND WORK OF A NEW ZEALAND POET

2016 FINALISTS

We are delighted to announce the three finalists in the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2016.

Now in its third year, the prize attracted over 200 entries from New Zealanders across the country and living overseas. This year the judge was Paul Muldoon, one of the world's leading contemporary poets, secured in partnership between the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust and the Auckland Writers Festival.

The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize is New Zealand’s most valuable poetry prize and aims to recognise and support financially new work from an emerging or established New Zealand poet through a $12,000 award. The three finalists will each read in a free session at the Auckland Writers Festival on Saturday 14 May from 3 - 4pm in the Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre, Auckland where Paul Muldoon will announce the winner.

 

The finalists are:

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.

Elizabeth Smither: a poet and novelist from New Plymouth, the author of 18 poetry collections, most recently The Blue Coat (Auckland University Press, 2013) and Ruby Duby Du (Cold Hub Press, 2014).