Summer reading with PitWR

DSC02652Check out our Summer 2017 poetry card in a medical waiting room near you. They’re  available in hospices, prisons and rest homes as well. Mercy Hospital and the SDHB also have copies for reading and leaving or taking home to keep. If you haven’t seen any poetry cards at your medical centre, let me know and I can make contact and see if they  would like to stock them, they’re free.

Introducing the poets featured in our summer card

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Annie Lighthart started writing after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she earned an MFA in Poetry and published her poetry collection, Iron String.  Her poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye to be placed in Ireland’s Galway University Hospitals as part of their Poems for Patience project.  Annie loves being a traveling teacher and has taught writing workshops at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and with many community groups, working with writers from ages 6 to 89.  She lives in a small green corner of Portland, Oregon.

 

Anya Silver

Anya Krugovoy Silver is a poet living in Macon, Georgia.   She is the author of four books of poetry, The Ninety-Third Name of God (2010), I Watched You Disappear (2014), From Nothing (2016), and Second Bloom, (2017). She currently teaches in the English Department at Mercer University.  She shares her life with her husband, son, and cockapoo.

 

Mrs Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill is a retired teacher of Chinese and Japanese languages. She is a partner on a sheep and deer farm on the edge of Lake Ellesmere/TeWaihora.

 

Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek has written four books of poems, most recently Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, published in 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press.  She’s also the author of a book of prose called Summer Cars.  She lived for over 25 years in Duluth, MN, which is on the shore of Lake Superior.  Her website is www.conniewanek.com.

 

Paul HostovskyPaul Hostovsky’s poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and Best of the Net.  He has nine full-length collections of poetry. He makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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Pauline Cartwright – When I was 9 I dreamed of becoming a writer. For many years now I have made my living that way. Sometimes I have written for adults, sometimes for myself. Mostly I have written for children, everything from poems to picture books, from 8-page readers to full-length novels. Support has come from an early NZ Literature Grant, the Richards Literary Agency, from other writers, my family, and readers.

I would find it distressing not to be able to write and even more so not to be able to read. Because of books I know the truth of Margaret Mahy’s words: “Imagination transforms the world, it is a force for alteration and enlightenment

 

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Robert K Johnson – Born in New York City (in Elmhurst), I lived in several different places there but have memories only of The Bronx (off Fordham Road). Then my family moved out “on The Island”—to Lynbrook, where we stayed till I graduated from Hofstra (then a College). Several years after my wife, Pat, and I married, we, plus our two children, settled in the Boston area and have remained there (except for my daughter, Kate, who has lived in Manhattan for quite a while). I have been writing poetry since I was twelve (many moons ago).

ron moss

Ron C. Moss is an artist and poet from Tasmania, a place of wilderness that inspires his work. Ron is recognized as an outstanding illustrator and designer of many poetry books, and his haiku and achievements in related genres have been widely published and honoured with many awards.

“I consider myself a student of the Zen arts,” Ron writes, “which have fascinated me from an early age. I enjoy the distilled conciseness of haiku, the exploration of art and mixed media, and sometimes I like to combine the two, as in the ancient tradition of haiga. I try to bring a sense of  contemplation into my work. Moments of stillness are important in our very busy lives, and my path is to practice the way of art and haiku poetry.

 

Samantha Montgomerie

Samantha Montgomerie is a writer and teacher.  Several of her poems have been included in the New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology, and a number  have also been published in newspapers.  The latest edition of Landfall features Samantha’s poem, Kate Sheppard reads the Weekly. She lives on the Otago Peninsula.  Samantha won Third place in the 2017 PitWR competition with her poem Threads.

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Steve Klepetar lives in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. His work has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including three in 2016. Recent collections include Family Reunion, A Landscape in Hell, and How Fascism Comes to America.

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Our 2018 Poetry Competition

The PitWR trustees would like to thank  Otago University Press and Otago University Bookshop for their long-term support of our annual poetry competition. We welcome Diane Brown’s Creative Writing Dunedin to our sponsorship team.

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Conditions of Entry:

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry. By entering the “Poems in the Waiting Room 2018 Poetry Competition” (“the Competition”), entrants agree to be bound by these Conditions of Entry.

  • The Competition is open to New Zealand residents only.
  • The Competition commences on November 1 2017 and closes at 5pm on 28 February 2018.
  • The maximum length for each poem submitted is 25 lines (excluding title).
  • Each entry must be the original work of the person submitting it, and may not have been previously published, broadcast, awarded any prize or payment or submitted elsewhere until after the announcement of the results of the Competition.
  • Poems may be on any subject or theme. The poems must be easily accessible, and not make great demands. Poems with political, religious, medical or morbid overtones will not be successful.
  •  Poems may be either neatly hand-written or typed on A4 paper.
  •  All entries will be judged anonymously. The entrant’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
  • Each entry must be accompanied by – a sheet of paper detailing the title/s of the poem/s, the entrant’s name, address, contact number and email address.
  • The entry fee is $5.00 for each poem. Payment may be made to any branch of the BNZ to the credit of Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) a/c no. 02-0912-0102691-00, giving your name as the payer reference; or by cheque made out to ‘Poems in the Waiting Room NZ’, or in cash. Entry fees will be used to assist with ongoing funding so we can maintain our distribution area.
  • To enter the Competition, entrants should send one copy of each poem to Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ), 19 Hunt Street, Andersons Bay, Dunedin 9013.
  •  All entries must be received no later than 5pm on 28 February 2018 otherwise the entry will not be accepted. PitWR (NZ) takes no responsibility for lost, damaged, misdirected, late, illegible or incomplete entries. Entries submitted electronically will not be accepted.
  • Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
  • The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entrants must ensure that they keep a copy of their poem as poems cannot be returned and for administrative reasons entries cannot be acknowledged.
  • The copyright of each poem remains with the author.
  • The prize winners will be announced in April 2018 on PitWR (NZ)’s blog (waitingroompoems.wordpress.com) . Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • By accepting a prize, winners consent to PitWR (NZ) using his/her details and photographs for promotional and media publicity purposes.
  • Winning poems may not appear in any other publication or website until after their publication in the PitWR(NZ) winter edition.
  • All entries received will be considered for publication in PitWR (NZ)’s English and Braille seasonal editions.
  • PitWR (NZ) reserves the right to cancel or amend the Competition or these Conditions of Entry at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on PitWR (NZ)’s blog (waitingroompoems.wordpress.com). In the event of the Competition being cancelled all entry fees will be refunded.

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The Conditions of Entry look terrifyingly long but I hope they’ll cover any questions you may have regarding the competition. February may seem an age away but with a holiday break before then well-meant intentions to put fingers to pc may drift away. So why not start writing that winning poem now.

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Love Waltz with Fireworks-our CHAIRity auction

SOLD, Sold, Sold. That was the lovely sound ringing out from Mandy Mayhem-Bullock, our auctioneer, on Sunday afternoon, October 15.

I had planned to take photos but my plans and reality didn’t coincide. ( Thanks to Philip and Lee for sharing their photos) The eftpos machine was revving, bidders were competing and chairs were disappearing out the door. There was plenty of friendly banter, rivalry and applause. Sincere thanks to the poets, the artists, the team at Resene Colorshop, Gillions Funeral Services and everyone who attended on Sunday afternoon – we are rapt with the result for Poems in the Waiting Room.

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Our 2017 CHAIRity FUNdraiser

We purchased 40 odd wooden chairs  which we gave to local artists along with 9 poems and the brief, use the chairs as a canvas to respond to one of the poems. Each artist was allowed to choose 5 free Resene testpots and we said, see you in Spring.

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Now the chairs have all been delivered to the Resene colorshop in Dunedin and we’re having a CHAIRity fundraising auction – Love Waltz with Fireworks – at Resene, 172 Crawford St, Dunedin on October 15 at 2pm.

Pop over here for further pictures and full details.

 

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Welcome to Spring

This Spring edition is already on the way to 639 medical waiting rooms, 457 rest homes, 8 prisons, 5 hospices and all the SDHB waiting areas. Sincere thanks to: André Surridge, my regular ‘go to’ poet for haiku, Kelli Russell Agodon for allowing me to use her poem, Love waltz with fireworks as the title for our 2017 PitWR fundraiser, and to all our Spring poets for generously loaning me their poems.

Andre Surridge

André Surridge is a poet and playwright who lives in Hamilton. His work has been published and/or performed in Britain, the US, Canada, Croatia, Australia and NZ. His writing awards include the Shell Playwrights Award NZ 1984 and the Janice M. Bostok International Haiku Award 2012.

Andy Seed

Andy Seed is an author and poet, living in North Yorkshire. He writes memoirs, funny poems and humorous non-fiction books as well as all sorts of things for teachers.

Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek has written four books of poems, most recently Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, published in 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press.  She’s also the author of a book of prose called Summer Cars.  She lived for over 25 years in Duluth, MN, which is on the shore of Lake Superior.  Read more about Connie here.

Judy Carroll

Judith Waller Carroll is the author of The Consolation of Roses, winner of the 2015 Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press Poetry Prize, and Walking in Early September (Finishing Line Press, 2012).  Her work appears in the journals Gyroscope Review, Persimmon Tree, and  Mom Egg Review, the anthologies Home (Outrider Press, 2016), River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century (Blue Light Press, 2015), and  Joys of the Table (Richer Resources Publications, 2015), among others, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. She lives in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas with her husband, the novelist Jerry Jay Carroll.

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Kelli Russell Agodon is a poet, writer, and editor. She is the author of six books, most recently, Hourglass Museum The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, as well as the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer. Her work has appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic and O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in a sleepy seaside town where when not writing, she’s an avid paddleboarder, mountain biker, and hiker. Read more about Kelli here 

Michael Estabrook

Michael Estabrook is retired. No more useless meetings under florescent lights in stuffy windowless rooms, able instead to focus on making better poems when he’s not, of course, endeavoring to satisfy his wife’s legendary Honey-Do List. His latest collection of poems is Bouncy House, edited by Larry Fagin (Green Zone Editions, 2016).

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Michael O’Leary is a poet, novelist, publisher, performer and bookshop proprietor who has been a magnetic figure for many other contemporary New Zealand writers. He writes in both English and Māori; and his diverse and prolific work in poetry, fiction and non-fiction explores his dual heritage: Māori on his maternal side and Irish Catholic on his father’s as well as his mother’s. Born in Auckland in the year of the Tiger 1950, he was educated at the universities of Auckland, Otago (Dunedin), and Victoria University (Wellington). His Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop imprint (inspired by Andy Warhol’s ‘Factory’, the Beatles’ Apple label, and John and Yoko’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’), which he founded in 1984, has published some of his own prolific output, as well as many other New Zealand writers. Michael O’Leary is a trustee for the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa (PANZA), a charitable trust dedicated to archiving, collecting and promoting New Zealand poetry. He now lives in Paekakariki, north of Wellington.

Sarah Russell

 Sarah Russell says: When I was growing up I enjoyed writing poetry, singing and acting, but when I embraced the feminist movement during the 70’s and 80’s, I took on more left-brain pursuits – a Masters and Ph.D. while raising three kids, college teaching, writing and editing academic prose – rather than ventures in the arts. I kept those right-brain temptations at bay until a lovely man I met and married encouraged me to make dolls and now to write poetry.

During the school year, I live in State College, Pennsylvania where my husband teaches at Penn State. We spend our summers in Colorado to be near children and grandchildren.

 

ENJOY this Spring card and have a look here for details of our 2017 fundraiser.

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Never too old

 

Marjorie smilingIMG_0721I received this lovely poem from Marjorie Latimer who is still writing poetry at 91!

Just a stick

 

My age is such

My walking stick is noted

More than me

I’m holding it

A prop on wobbly days

But the comments come

For it is coloured

With flowery pinks and mauves

Which make it noticed

Not because it flips apart

And folds

But that it is younger than me

And better looking!

 

 

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Winter 2017 – our 35th poetry card.

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Our winter card always features NZ poets and the prizewinners in our annual poetry competition.   We’ve sent 8500 winter cards out into the world so look out for this burgundy poetry card in your nearest medical waiting room, rest home or hospice. ENJOY.
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Andrew Paul Wood is a writer, poet, critic, art historian, educator, curator and translator based in Christchurch. He completed a PhD in aspects of postmodern New Zealand painting at the University of Canterbury. His books include Quietus: Observations on an Altered City (2012), a psychogeography of post-earthquake Christchurch with photographer Doc Ross, and three translations (with Friedrich Voit) of the poetry of Karl Wolfskehl, Under New Stars: Poems of the New Zealand Exile (2012), To The Germans (2013), and Three Worlds / Drei Welten. Selected Poems (2015).

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Diane Brown is a novelist, memoirist, and poet who runs her own creative writing school, Creative Writing Dunedin. Her publications include two collections of poetry – Before The Divorce We Go To Disneyland (1997) – winner of the NZSA Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana Book Awards 1997 – and Learning to Lie Together (2004); two novels, If The Tongue Fits (1999) and Eight Stages of Grace (2002) – a verse novel which was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards 2003; a travel memoir, Liars and Lovers (2004) and a prose/poetic work, Here Comes Another Vital Moment (2006).

Her latest book, Taking My Mother To The Opera, Otago University Press (2015) is an extended poetic family memoir, in part about post World War Two domestic life and the ageing of parents.

 

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Jenny Powell is a poet, performance poet and creative writing tutor. Her poetry has been published in a wide range of literary magazines. Her collections include Sweet Banana Wax Peppers (1998), Hats (2000) and Ticket Home(2012). As an artist interested in collaborative work, she has published Double Jointed (2003) with ten poets of her choice, and Locating the Madonna (2004) with poet Anna Jackson. Her plays The Montecillo Child and Alive In Berlin were produced by Talking House. The Case of the Missing Body is Powell’s account of discovering purposeful physical movement, and the subsequent relationship between body and mind (Otago University Press, 2016).

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Kath Beattie says, Writing has been a way of life from the beginning. We had no money for books, so we wrote our own. Since then I’ve had several adult and children’s short stories, children’s chapter books, two books in the Scholastic ‘My Story’ series, early childhood readers, articles, travel pieces and poems published and/or broadcast. I’ve also self-published a book on Loss and Grief.  Kath’s poem, Riding West, won First Prize in this years PitWR competition.

Margaret Moores

Margaret Moores was a bookseller for many years but now works as a publisher’s sales representative. She lives in Auckland and has recently completed a Master of Creative Writing at Massey University. Her poems and short fiction have been published in journals and anthologies in New Zealand and Australia. Margaret’s poem, Aeroplaning, won Second Place in the 2017 PitWR competition.

Rob Hack

Rob Hack has lived in Paekakariki  since 2005, after a third attempt to live across the ditch. He has been an insurance salesman, greenkeeper , builder, personal trainer, gym owner, factory hand, gardener, shop assistant etc and currently works as a handyman, to buy second-hand poetry books, and petrol so he can visit his grandchildren each week.

He’s performed his poems in Kapiti and Wellington for 15 years and hosts a poetry show on Paekakariki FM radio called Not at the Table: poetry and stuff.

I first came across Rob’s writing when browsing the bookshelves at the University Book Shop and discovered Everything is Here. It’s published by Escalator Press and I can thoroughly recommend it – go buy it now.

Samantha Montgomerie

Samantha Montgomerie is a writer and teacher.  Several of her poems have been included in the New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology, and a number  have also been published in newspapers.  She is awaiting the publication of two children’s early readers in July.  She lives on the Otago Peninsula.  Threads by Samantha won Third place in the PitWR competition this year.

Stella Carruthers

Stella Carruthers is a writer and textile artist, a lifelong Wellingtonian and ardent tea drinker. She is interested in exploring personal narratives and appreciating the little beautiful moments in everyday life. She seeks to live according to eco-conscious and New Domestic values. She is currently studying library and information studies and has a BA in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington.

 

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