Michele Leggott

ANZL Member

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An award-winning poet, academic, essayist and editor, Michele Leggott has published eight 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.

'I felt energised by the freedom of 'making things up’' - Maxine Alterio

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