Lynley Edmeades

ANZL Member


Lynley Edmeades is the author of two collections of poetry, As the Verb Tenses (2016) and Listening In (2019), both published with Otago University Press. Both collections were longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for Poetry, and her first collection was also shortlisted for the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Best First Book of Poetry. In 2018 she was the Artist in Residence at Massey University and the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury. Her essays have been highly commended in the Landfall Essay Competition (New Zealand) and shortlisted for the Calibre Essay Prize (Australia). She has an MA in Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast, and PhD in English from the University of Otago. Her poetry, essays and reviews have been published and anthologised widely in New Zealand and internationally, including Best New Zealand Poems (2016 and 2018) and her poems have been translated in various languages. About her work, Jenny Bornholdt says: ‘Edmeades’ poems are terrifically accomplished – they show confidence and a sure, skilful handling of language, even when expressing tentative, slippery ideas and emotions… Edmeades’ voice is an essential one in the ‘now’ of NZ poetry.’ Lynley is incoming editor of Landfall.



Otago University Press writer page

Landfall Online review of Listening In (April 2020)

Radio NZ: Lynley discusses, and reads from, her collection Listening In (Oct, 2019)

Cordite review of As the Verb Tenses (April, 2017)

Bibliography: Lynley Edmeades



Listening In (Otago University Press, 2019)

As the Verb Tenses  (Otago University Press, 2016)


'One of writing’s greatest magics is to allow us – to use Kiri Piahana-Wong’s phrase – to slide outside the trap of time.' - David Taylor

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