Paula Green

ANZL Member

Paula Green is a poet, reviewer, anthologist, children’s author, book-award judge and blogger. She has published twelve poetry collections, including four for children. In 2017, Paula received the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry and was also was admitted to The New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Poetry and Literature.

‘There is,’ The Otago Daily Times wrote of her poetry collection The Baker’s Thumbprint, ‘a glowing, throbbing beauty in this one. This little book seems to pulse with warmth and sense of calm, comfort and joy. Green this time around has blown open the doors and taken an endless rainbow of excitement and imagination. All the way through you think, “Wow, wonder what’s coming next?” Green once said, “There is a magical reaction between something I see, hear, experience, feel or remember and the words in my head. In that magical moment, I find the seeds of a poem. And it is of course completely unpredictable.” The Baker’s Thumbprint is neat.’

Co-written with Harry Ricketts, her book 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry was short-listed for the 2010 NZ Post Book Awards. She runs two blogs: NZ Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf. She edited the much lauded A Treasury of New Zealand Poetry for Children (Random House). The Letter Box Cat and other poems (Scholastic) won Children’s Choice at the 2015 NZ Book Awards while her children’s books have won a number of Storylines Notable Book Awards.

Paula has a Doctorate in Italian and was Literary Fellow at The University of Auckland (2005). She is a regular guest in New Zealand Literary festivals and performs and undertakes workshops in schools from Year 0-13.

She published three books in 2019: The Track (poetry, Seraph Press), Groovy Fish and other poems (children’s poetry, The Cuba Press), Wild Honey: Reading NZ Women’s Poetry (nonfiction, Massey University Press).



Paula Green’s NZ Poetry Shelf website and blog


Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

The Cuba Press author page

Massey University Press author page

Penguin Random House author page 

Seraph Press author page

Auckland Libraries blog: Paula Green talks with Karen Craig about Wild Honey (Aug, 2019)

NZListener: Sally Blundell reviews Wild Honey (Aug, 2019)

The Sapling interviews Paula Green (Aug, 2019)

Paula Green reading poetry at Unity Books  (Aug, 2017)

Bibliography: Paula Green


The Track (Seraph Press, 2019)

Groovy Fish and other poems (Children’s poetry: The Cuba Press, 2019)

New York Pocket Book (Seraph Press, 2016)

The Letter Box Cat and Other Poems (Illustrations by Myles Lawford: Scholastic, 2014)

The Baker’s Thumbprint (Seraph Press, 2013)

Slip Stream (Auckland UP, 2010)

Macaroni Moon (Poems for children, drawings by Sarah Laing: Random House, 2009)

Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins (Auckland UP, 2007)

Crosswind (Auckland UP, 2004)

Chrome (Auckland UP, 2000)

Cookhouse (Auckland UP, 1997)



Aunt Concertina and her Niece Evalina (Sophisticated picture book with oil paintings by Michael Hight: Random House, 2009)

The Terrible Night (Junior chapter book, illustrations by Chris Grosz: Random House, 2008) 


Creative Nonfiction

Wild Honey: Reading NZ Women’s Poetry  (Massey University Press, 2019)



A Treasury of NZ Poetry for Children (Illustrations Jenny Cooper: Random House, 2014)

Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (Random House, 2012)

99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (Co-authored & co-edited with Harry Ricketts: Random House, 2010)

Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance (Auckland UP, 2007)

Flamingo Bendalingo (Poetry for and by children, illustrations by Michael Hight: Auckland UP, 2006)

‘Inspiration is the name for a privileged kind of listening.’ - John Howard

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