Michele Leggott

ANZL Member

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An award-winning poet, academic, essayist and editor, Michele Leggott has published ten collections of poetry, including Milk & Honey (2005, 2006), Journey to Portugal (2007), Mirabile Dictu (2009) and Heartland (2014).

She edited Robin Hyde’s long poem The Book of Nadath (1999) and Young Knowledge: The Poems of Robin Hyde (2003). A major project since 2001 has been the development of the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) at the University of Auckland.

She was the inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate 2007-09 and received a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2009 New Year Honours for Services to Poetry. In 2013 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry.



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Auckland University Press writer page and book list

NZ Electronic Poetry Centre poet page

NZ Poet Laureate blog page  (2007 – 2009)

Bibliography: Michele Leggot



Mezzaluna (Auckland UP; first published by Wesleyan University Press, US, 2020)

Vanishing Points (Auckland UP, 2017)

Heartland (Auckland UP, 2014)

Mirabile Dictu (Auckland UP, 2009)

Journey to Portugal (Holloway Press, 2006)

Milk & Honey (Auckland UP, 2005)

Like This?: Poems (Caxton Press, 1988)

As far as I can see (Auckland UP, 1999)

DIA (Auckland UP, 1994)

Swimmers, Dancers (Auckland UP, 1991)



Young Knowledge: the poems of Robin Hyde, edited and introduced by Michele Leggott (Auckland UP, 2003)

Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960-1975, edited by Alan Brunton, Murray Edmond, Michele Leggott (Auckland UP, 2000)

The book of Nadath, by Robin Hyde; introduction and notes by Michele Leggott (Auckland UP, 1999)

Opening the Book : New Essays on New Zealand Writing, Edited by Mark Williams and Michele Leggott (Auckland UP, 1995)

The Victory Hymn, 1935-1995, by Robin Hyde; with an essay by Michele Leggott (Holloway Press, 1995)

Reading Zukofsky’s 80 Flowers (John Hopkins UP, 1989)

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