New York Pocket Book: A Conversation with Paula Green

Paula Green is a poet, reviewer, children’s author, NZ Book Award judge and anthologist. She has published six previous collections of poetry, plus three collections for children, most recently The Letterbox Cat & Other Poems (Scholastic, 2014). She edited the anthologies A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children (Random House, 2014) and Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (Random House, … More New York Pocket Book: A Conversation with Paula Green

On being cowardly & ‘LITANIES TO MY HEAVENLY BROWN BODY’ by Mark Aguhar

Most of us feel heartbroken for the people killed in Orlando, and for the families of those people. I was vacuuming and listening to Dan Savage talk about meeting his husband in a gay club, and his voice kept on cracking. This is a man who in over 500 podcasts I’ve never heard break. As … More On being cowardly & ‘LITANIES TO MY HEAVENLY BROWN BODY’ by Mark Aguhar

The Abseiling Aunty: A Conversation with Ashleigh Young

I like to read and review New Zealand poetry, and because I live in Wellington quite a few of these collections come from Victoria University Press. When Ashleigh Young began working as their editor, I began to notice her careful hand on the collections. I asked Ashleigh a few questions about being an editor. — Sarah Jane Barnett: I was watching the show Comedians in … More The Abseiling Aunty: A Conversation with Ashleigh Young

‘Beautiful and imperfect plans’: A Conversation with Gregory Kan

A few years ago a publisher friend talked to me about Gregory Kan’s work. ‘It’s new – interesting,’ she said, and then, ‘you should read it.’ Some time later Kan’s first manuscript was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Prize, and not long after I read his essay ‘Borrowed Lungs: My Life as a Conscript’ … More ‘Beautiful and imperfect plans’: A Conversation with Gregory Kan

Sixteen books for 2016

1. Radioland by Lesley Wheeler I read Wheeler’s blog and she’s so damn smart (she’s an American academic, poet, and a previous Fulbright fellow). This is her most recent collection of poetry. 2. The Pale North by Hamish Clayton The premise of this book about books is irresistible. It couldn’t get more meta unless a Hamish Clayton … More Sixteen books for 2016

WORK: The launch

Thank you to everyone who helped me launch my second collection into the world. Below I’ve included publisher Chloe Lane’s welcome speech. All photos by Matt Bialostocki. I’m very sorry I can’t be with you tonight to help Sarah celebrate the launch of WORK. This one is a particularly difficult one to miss because Sarah is such … More WORK: The launch