Anna Livesey

ANZL Member


First published at the age of twenty-three, Anna Livesey is a poet and short story writer who has been described by Peter Bland in the New Zealand Listener as possessing a real talent for the imaginative treatment of found material’, and by poet Saradha Koirala as ‘satisfyingly personal and reflective’.

Born and raised in Wellington, Anna studied at Victoria University where she completed an MA in Creative Writing (2002). Since then, Anna’s work has been published in various magazines and journals, including Turbine, Landfall, Sport and takahē. Her work featured in Best New Zealand Poems (2003, 2005, and 2010), and she edited the poetry collection The Enormous Picture (2004).

She was a recipient of the MacMillan Brown Prize (2000 and 2002), and the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Novice Category Award (2003). She won the Schaeffer Fellowship in 2003, enabling her to spend a year studying at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Anna has published four poetry collections to date: Napier (2002), Good Luck (2003), The Moonmen (2010) and Ordinary Time (2017).



Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Radio New Zealand interview (2013)

Victoria University Press author page

NZ Electronic Poetry Centre poet page

Bibliography: Anna Livesey



Ordinary Time (Victoria UP, 2017)

The Moonmen (Victoria UP, 2010)

Good Luck (Victoria UP, 2003)

Napier (Chap book: Pemmican Press, 2002)






Poetry New Zealand



Best New Zealand Poems (VUP, 2003, 2005 & 2010)


'Novels stand outside time, with their narrative structure of beginning, middle and end. They outlast politics, which are by nature ephemeral, swift and changeable and can quickly become invisible, detectable only to the skilled eye. ' - Fiona Farrell

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