Anna Jackson

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Simon Edmonds

Poet, fiction and non-fiction writer Anna Jackson has published six collections of poetry and written and/or edited a diverse list of works, from literary criticism to short fiction. She has received the Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary (1999), was named the Waikato University Writer-in-Residence (2001), won the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Award (2000), and was a recipient of the prestigious Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship (2016).  In 2017 she was awarded a residency at the Michael King Centre in Auckland. Anna has been described by reviewer Anne Kennedy as ‘one of New Zealand’s most remarkable contemporary poets’ and by Sarah Quigley as ‘that rare thing – a true original’.

Anna’s poetry has covered both external and internal journeys, family and the domestic environment, character portraiture, metaphysics, romance, and an extended engagement with classical literature, particularly the poetry of Catullus. Her collection Thicket (Auckland UP, 2011) was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Awards (2012), while The Pastoral Kitchen (Auckland UP, 2001) was shortlisted for the Montana Book Awards (2002). Lumiére reviewer Joan Fleming describes I, Clodia, and Other Portraits (Auckland UP, 2014) as ‘sure-footed and witty, with both loveliness and torque’ and a work in which Anna explores ‘the precarious space where poems might just be stories’.

Anna graduated with an MA from Auckland University, completed her DPhil at Oxford, and now lives in Island Bay, lecturing at Victoria University, Wellington.  Her latest collection is Pasture and Flock: New and Selected Poems (Auckland UP, 2018). She has also recently edited and introduced AUP New Poets 7 (Auckland UP, 2020).



Anna Jackson’s website

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Victoria University staff page

Auckland University Press author page

NZ Electronic Poetry Centre poet page

ANZL review of Actions and Travels: How Poetry Works (March, 2022)

Creative New Zealand Menton Fellowship announcement and bio  (Nov, 2015)

Radio New Zealand interview following Menton Fellowship announcement (Nov, 2015)

Cordite Poetry Review interview (Aug, 2015)

Landfall review of I, Clodia, and Other Portraits (Aug, 2015)

The Lumiere Reader interview (Feb, 2015)

Radio New Zealand review of I, Clodia, and Other Portraits (Feb, 2015)

New releases by Anna Jackson

Actions and Travels: How Poetry Works (creative nonfiction)

Published by Auckland University Press on March 10, 2022

AUP New Poets 7 (poetry)

Published by Auckland University Press on August 13, 2020

Bibliography: Anna Jackson



Pasture and Flock: New and Selected Poems (Auckland UP, 2018)

I, Clodia (Auckland UP, 2014)

Thicket (Auckland UP, 2011)

The Gas Leak (Auckland UP, 2006)

Catullus for Children (Auckland UP, 2003)

The Pastoral Kitchen (Auckland UP, 2001)

The Long Road to Teatime (Auckland UP, 2000)



AUP New Poets 7 (Auckland UP, 2020)

Truth and Beauty: Verse Biography in Canada, Australia and New Zealand (co-edited with Angelina Sbroma & Helen Rickerby: Victoria UP, 2016)

Verse Biography (special issue of the journal Biography: Hawai’i UP, 2016)

Floating Worlds: Essays on Contemporary New Zealand Fiction (co-edited with Jane Stafford: Victoria UP, 2009)

The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders (co-edited with Karen Coats & Rod McGillis: Routledge, 2007)


'Character to some extent is much a construction of the reader as it is of the writer.' - Lloyd Jones

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