Mark Pirie (born 30 April 1974) is a New Zealand poet, writer, literary critic, anthologist, publisher, and editor. He is best known for his Generation X New Zealand anthology The NeXt Wave, which included an 8,000 word introduction (1998), the literary journals JAAM (Just Another Art Movement) and broadsheet, a book cover photo series of tributes to famous rock albums, and the small press HeadworX Publishers in Wellington, New Zealand. He has authored or edited more than 40 of his own books and published more than 50 books with HeadworX, including work by New Zealand poets Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Harry Ricketts, Alistair Paterson, Riemke Ensing, Tony Beyer, Harvey McQueen, Andrew Fagan, Richard Von Sturmer and the Israeli author/painter/diplomat Moshé Liba.
He has a BA (Hons) in English from Victoria University of Wellington and an MA from the University of Otago. His thesis was on the New Zealand poet and editor Louis Johnson, a writer who shares similarities with Pirie's work.
Pirie is a prolific author and publisher, with over 100 titles listed in the National Library of New Zealand. Many are published under his own imprints HeadworX Publishers and The Night Press, Wellington or through the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop in Paekakariki.
The main influences on his literary development were listening to popular music, blues and jazz at an early age. His poetry draws on film, music and pop culture elements.
Pirie's own published works include numerous collections or anthologies of poetry (one of them being a hand-made book The Bet: Poems in Memory of Jim Morrison - American Poet), a verse novel TOM (2009)
In 2008, he was included in the anthology New New Zealand Poets in Performance.
Publications by Mark Pirie
A selection of Mark Pirie’s books
- New Zealand Writing: The NeXt Wave, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1998.
- Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand, with Tim Jones, IP, Brisbane, Australia, 2009.
- The Earl is in…: 25 Years of the Earl of Seacliff, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Paekakariki, New Zealand, 2009.
- Rail Poems of New Zealand Aotearoa, Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010
- ‘A Tingling Catch’: A Century of New Zealand Cricket Poems 1864-2009, HeadworX, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010.
- Shoot, Sudden Valley Press, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1999.
- No Joke, Sudden Valley Press, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2001.
- The Blues, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Paekakariki, New Zealand, 2001.
- Dumber: Poems, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Paekakariki, New Zealand, 2003.
- Gallery: A Selection, Salt Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2003.
- Poems for Poets: Dedications and Elegies, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Paekakariki, New Zealand, 2004.
- London Notebook, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Paekakariki, New Zealand, 2005.
- Sounds of Sonnets, with Michael O'Leary, HeadworX Publishers, Wellington, New Zealand, 2006.
- TOM: A Novel in Verse, Poets Group, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2009.
- Swing and Other Stories, Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, Paekakariki, New Zealand, 2002.
- Charles Briffa, World Literature Today, Summer 1999, USA, pp. 604-605; Sarah Quigley, 'Checking out Gen X', New Zealand Books, vol. 8, no. 5, December 1998, pp. 16-17; Lydia Wevers, 'Talking about GenX', in Telling Stories: Postcolonial Short Fiction in English edited by Jacqueline Bardolph, Rodopi, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2001, pp. 379-387; Michelle Cruickshank, ‘Write the Wave’, Pavement, April/May 1998, p. 42 & Andrew Johnston, 'Mark Pirie's Excellent Adventure', Sport 21, Spring 1998 
- Guy Somerset, ‘Cover artists’, Dominion Post, 5 December 2007, p. E3
- F. W. Nielsen Wright, Mark Pirie as Romantic Satirist, Cultural and Political Books, Wellington, 2003.
- F. W. Nielsen Wright,Supplementary Bibliography to Mark Pirie as Author, Publisher, Editor, Cultural and Political Booklets, Wellington, 2010.
- Pat Prime, ‘An Interview with Mark Pirie’, Stylus Online Poetry Journal, Australia, 2003, and in Takahe 50 (Summer 2004) pp. 57–60.
- Siobhan Harvey, Review of TOM: A Novel in Verse, Takahe 69 (2009), p. 45.
- Iain Sharp, ‘Whizz kid’, Sunday Star-Times, 7 December 2003. p. 31.
- Jan Kemp & Jack Ross (eds.), New New Zealand Poets in Performance, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2008, includes CD sound recording of Mark Pirie.
- Mark Pirie's personal website 
- New Zealand Book Council Profile 
- HeadworX Publishers web site 
- Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa 
- Mark Pirie's full bibliography 
For a complete listing of Mark Pirie’s works, see the online catalogue of the National Library of New Zealand