Siobhan Harvey

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Liz March

Siobhan Harvey’s poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in journals and anthologies in New Zealand, Australia, America, United Kingdom and Europe. The Poetry Archive (UK) holds a ‘Poet’s Page’ devoted to her work, describing her poetry as ‘that of a quester – a voyager — meditating on separation and discovery, on time lost and time regained, on the tug of distant familial connections, and the new global connectivity which means never being out-of-touch’.

Siobhan is the author of two poetry collections, editor of numerous collections and winner of New Zealand’s premier prize for poetry, the Landfall Kathleen Grattan Award (2013). She was shortlisted for the Janet Frame Memorial Award (2015), and runner-up in the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competitions (2014 & 2015), Australian Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize (2012), Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition (2012), Landfall Essay Prize (2011), and nominated for the US Pushcart Prize.

She lectures at the Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology, and has taught creative writing across New Zealand and the UK. She has appeared in literary festivals including Manchester (UK), Ubud (Indonesia), and Queensland (Australia), as well as major New Zealand festivals.

Most recently Siobhan’s work has appeared in journals and periodicals in America, Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as the New Zealand anthology Leaving the Red Zone: Poems about the Christchurch Earthquake.

Siobhan has several forthcoming publications for 2016: Griffith Review (Australia), Memoirs of the Feminine Divine: Voices of Power and Invisibility (US, anthology), Landfall and the Atlas Collective.



New Zealand Book Council profile page

Poetry Archive poet page

Auckland University of Technology staff page

New Zealand Society of Authors writer page

Landfall review of Cloudboy (Oct, 2014)

The NZ Listener interview with Siobhan for ‘Chapter and Verse’ (July, 2014)

takahē 83 review of Essential New Zealand Poems (2014)

Radio New Zealand review of Essential New Zealand Poems (June, 2014)

takahē 83 review of Cloudboy (2014)

Radio New Zealand interview with Siobhan following her Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry (Oct, 2013)

New Zealand Herald review of Lost Relatives (July, 2011)

Radio New Zealand interview discussing Lost Relatives (June, 2011)



Bibliography: Siobhan Harvey



Cloudboy  (Otago University Press, 2014)

Lost Relatives (Steele Roberts, 2011)



‘The Empty House Considered as a Ghost’ in Leaving the Red Zone: Poems about the Christchuch Quakes (Celestory Press, 2016)

‘Black origami birds’ [short story] in New Asia Now: Griffith Review 49 (Griffith Review Australia, 2015)

‘Black origami birds’ [short story] in New Asia Now: Asia Literary Review 29  (Asia Literary Review Hong Kong, 2015)

‘Cloud’ [poetry] in New Zealand Treasury of Children’s Verse (Random House NZ, 2015)

‘Tooth’ [poetry] in Essential New Zealand Poems (Random House NZ, 2014)

‘The Autistic Boy Considered as a Cloud’ in Best New Zealand Poems 2012, (Victoria UP, 2013)

‘Pomology’ [poetry] in Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings with a Sicilian Accent (Legas, US, 2010)

‘The Myth of the Man-Eating Squid’ in Our Own Kind: 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals (Random House NZ, 2009)

‘Tension at Auckland Airport’ in JAFA: Poems about Auckland (Antediluvian Press, 2008)

‘The Other Woman’s Car’ in A Good Handful: Great New Zealand Poems about Sex Verse (Auckland UP, 2008)

‘Tooth’ in Swings & Roundabouts: Poems on Parenthood (Random House NZ, 2008)

‘Waiata Tangi for Cris and Cru’ in Kaupapa, New Zealand Poets, World Issues (Random House NZ, 2008)



Essential New Zealand Poems ([co-editor] Penguin Random House NZ, 2014)

Words Chosen Carefully: New Zealand Writers in Discussion (Cape Catley, 2010)

Our Own Kind: 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals (Random New Zealand, 2009)


'Novels stand outside time, with their narrative structure of beginning, middle and end. They outlast politics, which are by nature ephemeral, swift and changeable and can quickly become invisible, detectable only to the skilled eye. ' - Fiona Farrell

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