Geoff Cochrane

ANZL Member

Image with thanks to Victoria UP

Geoff Cochrane is a poet, novelist and short fiction writer. He has published eighteen poetry collections and two novels. ‘Over the years,’ wrote Pip Adam, ‘Cochrane’s work has been a joy to me, a solace, a proof that art can be made in New Zealand which shows ourselves in new ways’. Amongst his accolades, Geoff has won the Janet Frame Prize for Poetry (2009) and the inaugural Nigel Cox Unity Books award (2010). In 2014, he was made an Arts Foundation New Zealand Laureate.

Born in Wellington in 1951, Geoff describes his books as ‘the milestones’ in his life. From his college days he became ‘enchanted and enslaved’ by alcohol, with subsequent years of irregular employment such as storeman, window-cleaner and barrow boy. An introduction – through his old friend Lindsey Rabbitt – to Fergus Barrowman of Victoria University Press, began what Geoff describes as ‘a second shot at living and writing’. Geoff’s first novel Tin Nimbus (VUP, 1995), was named a 1996 Commonwealth Best First Book Prize regional finalist.

In addition to his collections and novels, his work has been published in various anthologies and journals, including Sport, Printout, The Best of New Zealand Fiction: Volume Three (Vintage, 2006), and multiple times – and consecutive years – in Best New Zealand Poems.



Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Arts Foundation poet page

Victoria University Press author page

Victoria University list of works

ANZL review of Chosen (Dec, 2020)

NZ Listener interview with Geoff (July, 2015)

Geoff Cochrane poetry reading on Radio New Zealand (March, 2015)

New releases by Geoff Cochrane

Chosen (poetry)

Published by Victoria University Press on November 12, 2020

Bibliography: Geoff Cochrane



Chosen (Victoria UP, 2020)

The Black and the White (Victoria UP, 2019)

RedEdits (Victoria UP, 2017)

Wonky Optics (Victoria UP, 2015)

The Bengal Engine’s Mango Afterglow (Victoria UP, 2012)

The Worm in the Tequila (Victoria UP, 2010)

Pocket Edition (Victoria UP, 2009)

84-484 (Victoria UP, 2007)

Hypnic Jerks (Victoria UP, 2005)

Vanilla Wine (Victoria UP, 2003)

Nine Poems (Fernbank Studio, 2002)

Acetylene (Victoria UP, 2001)

Into India (Victoria UP, 1999)

Aztec Noon (Victoria UP, 1992)

Kandinsky’s Mirror (Rat Island Press, 1989)

Taming the Smoke (Grape Press, 1983)

The Sea the Landsman Knows (Voice Press, 1980)

Solstice (with Victoria Broome and Lindsay Rabbitt, 1979)

Images of Midnight City (Hauraki Press, 1976)



Astonished Dice (Short stories: Victoria UP, 2014)

White Nights (Short stories: Thumbprint Press, 2004)

Brindle Embers (Short Stories: Thumbprint Press, 2002)

Blood (Novel: Victoria UP, 1997)

Tin Nimbus (Novel: Victoria UP, 1995)



Best New Zealand Poems ( Institute of Modern Letters2003)

Best New Zealand Poems (IIML, 2004)

Best New Zealand Poems (IIML, 2005)

Best New Zealand Poems (IIML, 2006)


'NZ literature is such a vast and varied thing' - Pip Adam

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