David Howard

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Dean Nixon

Born in Christchurch (1959), David Howard is a poet and co-founding editor of takahē magazine. He describes his writing as ‘gnarled, metaphysical poetry which fosters rather than forbids tenderness.’

David has published several collections, including The Incomplete Poems (Cold Hub Press, 2011), which was 35 years in the making. Poems from his last four volumes have appeared in Best New Zealand Poems. He edited A Place To Go On From: The Collected Poems of Iain Lonie (Otago University Press, 2015), which was named an outstanding book of the year. David has collaborated with the photographer Fiona Pardington, and the composers Brina Jez Brezavscek, Marta Jirackova, and Johanna Selleck.

As well as co-founding the Christchurch literary journal takahē in 1989 (with Sandra Arnold), he also co-founded the Canterbury Poets Collective (1990). A quarter of a century later, both have become literary institutions. Dr Richard Reeve observed that ‘today’s poetry in the South would be very different without David Eggleton, David Howard and Cilla McQueen.’

David’s honours include the NZSA Mid-Career Writers Award (2009), University of South Pacific Poetry Prize (2011), Robert Burns Fellowship at Otago University (2013), Otago Wallace Residency (2014), UNESCO Residency in Prague (2016), and the Ursula Bethell Residency at Canterbury University (2016). His collection The Ones Who Keep Quiet was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Award (2016). He has read at the International Poetry Festival in Granada Nicaragua (2009), and Goronovo Proljece 53, Croatia (2016).

David is a professional pyrotechnician who has worked as SFX supervisor for acts such as Janet Jackson and Metallica.

 

Links

New Zealand Book Council profile page

New Zealand Society of Authors writer page

New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre author page (with publications and biography)

Bibliography: David Howard

 

Poetry

The Speak House (Cold Hub Press, 2014)

You Look So Pretty When You’re Unfaithful To Me (Holloway Press, 2012)

The Incomplete Poems (Cold Hub Press, 2011)

Beyond What Is Said To What Is (Cold Hub Press, 2010)

The Word Went Round (Otago UP, 2006)

Shebang (Steele Roberts, 2001; online edition Trout Press, 2006)

How To Occupy Our Selves [with Fiona Pardington] (HeadworX, 2003)

Holding Company (Nag’s Head Press, 1995)

In the First Place: Poems 1980-1990  (Hazard Press, 1991)

 

Anthologies

Own Kind (ed. Siobhan Harvey: Godwit, 2009)

New Zealand Poets in Performance (ed. Jack Ross & Jan Kemp: Auckland UP, 2008)

Land Very Fertile (ed. Coral Atkinson & David Gregory: Canterbury UP, 2008)

Swings + Roundabouts (ed. Emma Neale: Godwit, 2008)

A Good Handful (ed. Stu Bagby: Auckland UP, 2008)

Painted Poems (ed. Eion Stevens: Longacre Press, 2007)

Shards of Silver (ed. Paul Thompson, Steele Roberts, 2006)

New Zealand Love Poems; An Oxford Anthology (ed. Lauris Edmond: Otago UP, 2000)

 

Editor

A Place To Go On From: The Collected Poems of Iain Lonie (Otago UP, 2015)

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