Chris Price

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Robert Cross

Chris Price teaches poetry and creative nonfiction MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University. She managed the New Zealand Festival’s Writers Week for 12 years, and for much of the 90s she edited the literary journal Landfall. Chris’s first collection of poems, Husk (Auckland University Press, 2002), won the 2002 NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry. Her next book, the genre-busting Brief Lives (Auckland University Press, 2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Auckland University Press published her third book, The Blind Singer, in 2009.

In 2011, Chris was awarded the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship. She has also contributed to two science/art collaborations, Are Angels OK? (Victoria University Press, 2006), and the Transit of Venus Poetry Exchange (Victoria University Press, 2016), which paired German and New Zealand poets and culminated in performances at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair. Her collection Beside Herself (Auckland University Press, 2016) was longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Exploring the lobster’s biology and its history in language, literature and gastronomy, The Lobster’s Tale (Massey University Press, 2021) is Chris’s latest work created in partnership with distinguished photographer Bruce Foster. The Lobster’s Tale navigates the perils of a life driven by overreaching ambition and the appetite for knowledge, conquest and commerce. It is the third in the kōrero series of ‘picture books’ edited by Lloyd Jones, written and made for grown-ups and designed to showcase leading New Zealand writers and artists working together in a collaborative and dynamic way.



Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

IIML staff profile

Auckland University Press author page

ANZL review of The Lobster’s Tale (Oct, 2021) review of Beside Herself (April, 2016)

New releases by Chris Price

The Lobster’s Tale (poetry/prose)

Published by Massey University Press on October 10, 2021

Bibliography: Chris Price



Beside Herself, ([drawings by Leo Bensemann], Auckland University Press, 2016)

Transit of Venus / Venustransit (Victoria University Press, 2016)

The Blind Singer (2009)

Husk (Auckland University Press, 2002)



Brief Lives (Auckland University Press, 2006)


Creative Nonfiction

The Lobster’s Tale ([with photographer Bruce Foster}, Massey University Press, 2021)



Landfall (1993-2000)

Bright Fine Gold: and other New Zealand Verse (Reed, 1993)

'...poetry makes intimate everything that it touches.' - Michael Harlow

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