Gregory O'Brien

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O'Brien in 2014

Gregory Leo O’Brien MNZM (born 1961) is a New Zealand poet, painter and editor.


Born in Matamata in 1961, O'Brien trained as a journalist in Auckland and worked as a newspaper reporter in Northland. He graduated from the University of Auckland.[1]

His work has appeared in Islands, Landfall and Sport, Meanjin, Scripsi. He lives in Wellington.

Awards and honours[edit]

In the 2014 New Year Honours, O'Brien was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the arts.[3]



  • Diesel Mystic (1989),


  • Vincent O'Sullivan, ed. (1987). An Anthology of twentieth century New Zealand poetry. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-558163-8.



  • Jenny Bornholdt; Gregory O'Brien; Mark Williams, eds. (1997). An anthology of New Zealand poetry in English. Oxford University Press New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-19-558338-0.


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  2. ^ "Previous winners". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  3. ^ "New Year honours list 2014". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2018.

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