Chloe Lane

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Victoria Palombit

Chloe Lane is a fiction writer and essayist who was born in Auckland, and has lived in Australia and the USA. She has published two books The Swimmers (2020) and Arms & Legs (2022). Her debut book The Swimmers was longlisted for the Acorn Prize for Fiction at the 2021 Ockham NZ Book Awards and is described by reviewer and author Jill Ciment as ‘by turns touching, resonate, fiercely candid, and beautifully written’.  Arms & Legs is described by writer Sue Orr as a ‘gritty, sexy novel that will have you aching for its characters, for the things they can and cannot say to each other’.

Chloe earned an MFA in Fiction at the University of Florida (2017) and a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts. She is also a graduate of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2021 she was the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow. She is the founding publisher and editor of Hue+Cry Press, is an Associate Editor at Contemporary HUM, and regularly writes about art for various publications. Chloe has also recently had essays published in The Spinoff, Newsroom, Pantograph Punch and Subtropics (USA).

She currently lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch, where she is a teacher at Hagley Writers’ Institute.




Chloe’s website 

ANZL review of Arms & Legs (Sept, 2022)

Bookanista interview discussing The Swimmers (May, 2022)

Radio NZ interview with Lynn Freeman discussing The Swimmers (Sept, 2020)

ANZL review of The Swimmers (Sept, 2020)

Pantograph Punch essay by Chloe on the moral dilemma of writing a novel about assisted dying (Sept, 2020)

Bibliography: Chloe Lane



Arms & Legs (Te Herenga Waka University Press, 2022)

The Swimmers ( Te Herenga Waka University Press & Gallic Books, 2020)

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

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