Another season, another edition

Poems in the Waiting Room’s existence relies on the generous support of our sponsors. We wish to thank Gallaway Cook Allan Lawyers for not only sponsoring this winter 2011 edition (paying for printing and postage of 2700 cards) but also for assisting us back in 2009 to become a charitable trust. Gallaway Cook Allan is one of the South Island’s premier law firms with offices in Wanaka and Dunedin.

The seasons seem to be flashing by since I started PitWR. Either it’s because I’m busy sourcing poems, rights, negotiating with sponsors and printers or it’s an age thing. Let’s stick with the former for now!

Our winter 2011 card is an intensive orange colour. Look out for it in your Dr’s surgery or local rest home. I’ll start delivering in Dunedin during the first week of June and posting to other areas in the last week of May.

Who are our winter poets?

Alexander Hutchison was born in Buckie, a fishing town in the north-east of Scotland. He is currently RLF Writing Fellow at what will soon be called the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He lives in Glasgow, and still does a bit of kick-about on Sundays.

Barbara Strang was born in Invercargill, the eldest of a family of 10. She lives by the estuary in Christchurch. Her haiku have been published widely and placed in many competitions. She has won the NZPS Haiku contest twice, and co-won the Kokako contest in 2004 and 2005.

Bernadette Hall was the 1996 Burns Fellow at Otago University and in 2004 shared an Artists in Antarctica Fellowship with friend and collaborator, Dunedin artist Kathryn Madill. The author of nine poetry collections, her work has been published in a range of national and international anthologies.

Bill Sewell was born in Athens and spent much of his early life in Southern Europe. He finished his education in New Zealand, studying German at the University of Auckland and later obtaining a law degree. Bill was Burns Fellow at Otago University in 1981 and 1982.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger was born in the Bavarian town of Kaufbeuren. From 1961 he spent long periods abroad, living in Norway, Italy and the USA as well as West Berlin, before settling in Munich in 1979, where he still lives. He has translated poetry from English, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Norwegian, and his own work has been translated into many languages.

Hattie Grunewald is 18 years old from Barnsley, UK. She was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2009, and also won the Poems on the Underground competition earlier this year. She is currently at the University of East Anglia studying English and Creative Writing. Her favourite poets are Brian Patten, Margaret Atwood and Sarah Kay.

Maggie Butt’s prize-winning poetry is widely published in magazines and has escaped the page onto the internet, BBC Radio 4, readings, festivals, and schools. She now runs the Media Department and Skillset Media Academy at Middlesex University, London, England and teaches on the successful Creative and Media Writing degree.

Marilyn Nelson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. From 2001 – 2006, she served as the Poet Laureate of Connecticut. Since 1978 she has taught at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she is a professor of English.

William Carlos Williams was an American poet, a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine. He wanted his poetic line to reflect the rhythm of everyday speech and drew his subject matter from ordinary surroundings — a painting, a red wheelbarrow, a dish of plums.

As always any comments or thoughts you’d like to share please get in touch with me. Feedback is always welcome.

Happy reading


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