Helen Rickerby

ANZL Member

Helen Rickerby is a poet, writer, editor and publisher from Wellington. She has had four collections and one chapbook of her poetry published, most recently How to Live (Auckland University Press, 2019) which won the Mary and Peter Biggs poetry prize at the 2020 Ockham Book Awards. In recent years her work has been exploring the boundaries of poetry, and where it intersects with other forms, such as film criticism, biography and essay.

Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page, edited by Siobhan Harvey, Harry Ricketts and James Norcliffe (Godwit, 2014), Best New Zealand Poems 2014, selected by Vincent O’Sullivan, and New Zealand Writing: The NeXt Wave, edited by Mark Pirie (Otago University Press, 1998).

Since 2004 Helen has single-handedly run Seraph Press, boutique but increasingly significant publisher of beautiful literary books, mainly poetry. In 1995 she was part of the group that founded JAAM literary journal, of which she was co-managing editor, with Clare Needham, from 2005 to 2015.

She has co-organised conferences and events, including Truth and Beauty: Poetry and Biography (2014), Poetry and the Essay: Form and Fragmentation (2017) and the Ruapehu Writers Festival (2016). With Anna Jackson and Angelina Sbroma, Rickerby edited Truth and Beauty: Verse Biography in New Zealand, Canada and Australia (Victoria University Press, 2016), and they are currently editing a collection of essays about poetry and the essay.

Helen lives with her partner, Sean Molloy, in a cliff-top tower in Aro Valley. She earns a crust as a web editor.



Helen’s website

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Helen at Seraph Press 

Helen Rickerby’s blog Winged Ink

Auckland University Press writer page

NZ Poetry Shelf: Paula Green writes about How to Live:(2019)

Radio NZ interview with Mark Amery about How to Live (2019)

Interview in the Poetry Society magazine, A Fine Line, after the publication of Cinema (2015)

Bibliography: Helen Rickerby



How to Live (Auckland University Press, 2019)

Cinema (Mākaro Press, 2014)

Heading North (Chapbook: Kilmog Press, 2010)

My Iron Spine (HeadWorX, 2008)

Abstract Internal Furniture (HeadworX, 2001)

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

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