Poems in the Waiting Room welcomes Spring with a Daffodil yellow poetry card full of superb writing. We have printed 7750 poetry cards for this, our 32nd, edition of Poems in the Waiting Room(NZ). That’s a fair amount of poems floating around the country. Look out for this Spring poetry card in your nearest medical waiting room, rest home or hospice. ENJOY.
Amanda Hunt is a poet and environmental scientist, living in Rotorua. Her work has appeared in anthologies of the New Zealand Poetry Society (NZPS), and been highly commended in several NZPS competitions. She has also published work online and in newspapers. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, judged by internationally renowned poet Paul Muldoon, from over 250 entries.
Andrea Potos is the author of six poetry collections, including An Ink Like Early Twilight (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), We Lit the Lamps Ourselves(Salmon Poetry, Ireland), Yaya’s Cloth (Iris Press), Abundance to Share With the Birds (Finishing Line Press), and New Girl (Anchor & Plume Press). Her poems appear widely in print and online. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, in America and works as an independent bookseller.
Catherine Bullock has been writing haiku since 1999, and her work has been published in a number of journals and anthologies, in New Zealand and overseas. She has also been placed or commended in competitions. Her haiku and senryu often have a humorous twist. She lives in Waihi.
Donna Hilbert’s latest book is The Congress of Luminous Bodies, from Aortic Books.The Green Season, World Parade Books, a collection of poetry and prose, is available in an expanded second edition. The work about the death of her husband appears in Transforming Matter, and in Traveler in Paradise: New and Selected Poems, from PEARL Editions. Her work is widely anthologized, including Boomer Girls, A New Geography of Poets, Solace in So Many Words, most recently in The Widows’ Handbook, Kent State University Press and The Doll Collection, Terrapin Books. She lives in Long Beach, California. More at www.donnahilbert.com
Dorianne Laux is the author of several collections of poetry, including Facts about the Moon and The Book of Men, from W.W. Norton. She teaches poetry in the MFA program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty for Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program.
Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Minnesota. She earned a PhD in Renaissance drama from the University of Minnesota, and has taught British literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Her collections include Straight Out of View (1995) Coming Back to the Body (2000), Naming the Stars (2004), and First Words (2010).She has received a McKnight Artist Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and was named Minnesota’s Poet Laureate in 2011.
Ron Koertge is the author of many books of poetry and many novel for teenagers. His latest book of poems is Vampire Planet (Red Hen Press). His latest novel-in-verse for Young Adults is Coaltown Jesus (Candlewick Press). His website is ronkoertge.com. Photo credit to Alexis Rhone Francher.
Ron Wallace is the author of 16 books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, including, most recently, FOR DEAR LIFE (poetry, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS (Parallel Press, 2015). He is Felix Pollak Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he founded, and for 43 years directed, the Program in Creative Writing before retiring in January 2016. He is founder and currently editor of the University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series (Brittingham and Pollak prizes). Married, with two daughters and four grandchildren, he divides his time between Madison and a 40-acre farm in Bear Valley, Wisconsin. He hopes to visit New Zealand soon, to hike the Milford Track….again.
Sheila Natusch is a New Zealand historian and natural science writer who has authored more than 30 books, including Animals of New Zealand, Letters From Jean, The Cruise of the Acheron,Hell and High Water: a German Occupation of the Chatham Islands, Native Plants, On the Edge of the Bush: Women in Early Southland, and Wellington with Sheila Natusch.
Steven Clarkson lives with his family in Taupo and practises law there as a Barrister. He shares most of his work with the world in an online work book. His haiku appear in print, in online anthologies and in competitions internationally and locally.