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About the prize

Poetry is one of our most uncelebrated and underfunded artforms.

The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize is designed to foster and support poets, actively promote poetry and provide an important resource and archive of modern New Zealand poetry. The Prize was established in 2013 in honour of the New Zealand poet Sarah Broom (1972-2013), the author of Tigers at Awhitu (2010) and Gleam (2013).

About the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust

The Sarah Broom Poetry Trust has been established to administer funds for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize. It is charitable trust (Registration number CC49798) for the advancement of education and cultural engagement and is administered by its trustees.

Michael Gleissner: Trustee

Michael Gleissner

Michael Gleissner a senior executive currently working for a leading global bottled water and beverage company. Prior to that he held senior roles at the New Zealand Superannaution Fund, was CFO of Sealord Group as well as senior executive roles at Fonterra Group. Michael is a trained and qualified lawyer in England and Wales as well as New Zealand having practiced in London, Singapore and New Zealand. He is also a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), holds an MBA and an LLB Honours. He is a member of the Insitute of Directors (MINstD).

Andru Isac: Trustee

Andru Isac

Andru Isac is a barrister with Stout Street Chambers in Wellington specialising in commercial litigation and complex criminal and regulatory prosecutions. He has almost 20 years professional experience. Previously Andru has worked as a Crown prosecutor in New Zealand and has practiced in London as well lectured in law at the University of Cantebury. He has written scholalry papers and texts in a number of fields. Andru holds an LLB (Hons) as well as a BA (Drama) from the University of Canterbury and a BCL from Oxford

Chris Humphreys: Trustee

Chris Humphreys

Chris Humphreys is a co-founder of the Punakaiki Fund, a New Zealand based private equity fund investing in high-growth businesses with a focus on disruptive technology. Chris has a BSc and PGDIPCom (Finance) from the University of Otago and a BCom (Accounting, Finance and Information Systems) from the University of Canterbury. Chris is a CFA charterholder, a finance manager and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has held Corporate Finance roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Pacific Fibre.

Greg Fahey: Trustee

Greg Fahey

Greg Fahey is a senior communications professional with over 30-year’s experience in global business PR consultancy, SweeneyVesty. His early career was in the arts and entertainment industries, as a producer, marketer and artist manager. He worked across a wide range of creative disciplines from opera and orchestra, through emerging popular recording artists, theatre and contemporary dance. Greg maintains a strong interest in the arts with a long history of working in governance roles for NZ arts organisations. He is currently Chair of theatre company Nightsong, and a trustee of Silo Theatre.

Sarah Ross: Poetry Prize Trustee

Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross is a Senior Lecturer in English at Victoria University of Wellington. She specialises in early contemporary modern litareature, poetry, and woman’s writing. She has published Women, Poetry, and Politics in Seventheenth-Century Britain, (Oxford University Press, 2015) and she is the editor of Katherine Austen’s Book M (ACMRS, 2011) and the author of numerous articles on early modern women’s writing, poetry, and manuscript culture. Sarah holds a BA(Hons) Canterbury, MSt (Dinstinction) Oxford and a Dphil Oxford.

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“Every good poem asks a question, and every good poet asks every question.”
– Dorianne Laux