Welcome to the website of Poetry New Zealand – a magazine devoted exclusively to poetry and acknowledged internationally as amongst the best poetry journals presently available.
Poetry NZ is an international print journal of poetry and poetics based in New Zealand. Established in 1951 by Louis Johnson under the title New Zealand Poetry Yearbook, and edited between 1993 and 2014 by Alistair Paterson, the magazine is now housed by Massey University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. PNZ is this country's oldest and most distinguished poetry magazine. It is interested not only in the work of established poets and experimental writing but also in that of new writers trying to have their work recognised. It also contains reviews and articles concerning poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.
While New Zealand poets receive the most attention, Poetry NZ is always looking for high quality work from other countries. Overseas poets printed in PNZ have included: Robert Creeley, Charles Bukowski, Charles Bernstein, Eugene Dubnov, Virgil Suarez, Tom Clark, Libby Hart, Les Murray, August Kleinzahler, Wanda Coleman, Blair Ewing and many others.
Past issues of Poetry NZ can be found in the archives, and more information about the journal's history can be found here. There is also a selection of links to various literary resources and journals, as well as to writers' support groups and other non-profit organisations
If you have any questions either about the magazine or about this website, please don't hesitate to contact us.