Jenny Bornholdt

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Deborah Smith

Jenny Bornholdt is a poet and anthologist who has been publishing collections of poetry for more than thirty years. Her poems have been continuously recognised in publications such as the Best New Zealand Poems online anthology, and she has been selected for numerous awards and fellowships including the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellowship (2002), Arts Foundation Laureate (2003), Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate (2005) and Creative New Zealand Victoria University Writer in Residence (2010). At the end of 2013 Jenny was acknowledged in the New Year’s Honours list as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and then in 2020 was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement for poetry. She has edited or co-edited poetry anthologies including An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English which won the 1997 Montana Book Award for Poetry and she won the same award in 2009 for her poetry collection, The Rocky Shore (2008). She is considered an influential poet for new and younger writers and her anthologising has helped increase the international reputation of New Zealand poetry and poets.

In her most recent collection, Lost and Somewhere Else (Victoria University Press, 2019), Jenny finds many places to stand: at home, in memories of places and people, and in the Ernst Plischke-designed Henderson House in Alexandra, Central Otago, in which she lived while writing these poems. This graceful, witty and unsettling book is Jenny at her very best: her language at once bold and subtle, and even her smallest insights profound.



Victoria University Press writer page 

New Zealand Arts Foundation poet page 

Metro review of Lost and Somewhere Else (Oct, 2019)

Radio NZ review of Lost and Somewhere Else (Sept, 2019)


Bibliography: Jenny Bornholdt



Lost and Somewhere Else (Victoria UP, 2019)

Selected Poems (Victoria UP, 2016)

The Hill of Wool (Victoria UP, 2011)

The Rocky Shore (Victoria UP, 2008)

Mrs Winter’s Jump (Random House, 2007)

Summer (Victoria UP, 2005)

These Days (Victoria UP, 2000)

Miss New Zealand: Selected Poems (Victoria UP, 1997)

How We Met (Victoria UP, 1995)

Waiting Shelter (Victoria UP, 1991)

Moving House (Victoria UP, 1989)

This Big Face (Victoria UP, 1988)



My Heart Goes Swimming: New Zealand Love Poems ([Co-editor, with Gregory O’Brien], Random House New Zealand, 2000)

Short Poems of New Zealand (Victoria UP, 2018)

An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English ([Co-editor, with Gregory O’Brien], Oxford UP, 1997)

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

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