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 three poetry collections to date: Napier (2002), Good Luck (2003), and The Moonmen (2010).

She is working on a fourth collection, Ordinary Time.



Radio New Zealand interview (2013)

New Zealand Book Council profile page

Victoria University Press author page

NZ Electronic Poetry Centre poet page

Bibliography: Anna Livesey



The Moonmen (VUP, 2010)

Good Luck (VUP, 2003)

Napier (Chap book: Pemmican Press, 2002)






Poetry New Zealand



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


'I felt energised by the freedom of 'making things up’' - Maxine Alterio

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