Paula Green (poet)

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Paula Green

Green in 2017
Green in 2017
Born1955 (age 62–63)
Auckland, New Zealand
LanguageEnglish
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
GenrePoetry
Notable awardsPrime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement
Children's Choice Non-Fiction Award (2015)
SpouseMichael Hight
Website
NZ Poetry Shelf,Poetry Box

Paula Joy Green MNZM (born 1955) is a New Zealand poet and children's author.

Background[edit]

Green was born in 1955, in Auckland. She attended the Kamo High School.[1][2]

In 2005 Green received her PhD in Italian and was Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland.[3][1]

Green is married to the painter Michael Hight and currently lives in Auckland.[4]

Career[edit]

Green has published several collections of her own poetry including:

  • Cookhouse (1997, Auckland University Press)
  • Chrome (2000, Auckland University Press)
  • Crosswind (2004, Auckland University Press)
  • Making Lists for Francis Hodgkins (2007, Auckland University Press)
  • Slip Stream (2010, Auckland University Press)
  • The Baker's Thumbprint (2013, Seraph Press)
  • New York Pocket Book (2017, Seraph Press)

Her books for children include:

  • Flamingo Bendalingo: Poems from the Zoo (2006, Auckland University Press), as editor, written in collaboration with fifty children, illustrated by Michael Hight
  • The Terrible Night (2008, Random House), illustrated by Chris Grosz
  • Macaroni Moon (2008, Random House), illustrated by Sarah Laing
  • Aunt Concertina and Her Niece Evalina (2009, Random House), illustrated by Michael Hight
  • The Letterbox Cat and Other Poems (2014, Scholastic), illustrated by Myles Lawford
  • Treasury of NZ Poems for Children (2014, Random House), as editor, illustrated by Jenny Cooper

Poems by Green have been published in the Best New Zealand Poems series, including the 2002,[5] 2004,[6] and 2006 editions.[7] She was guest editor for the publication in 2007.[8] Green has also been selected as a featured poet in the journal, Poetry New Zealand,[1] and appeared in the British literary journal Fire.[2]

In 2010, with Harry Ricketts, she co-authored 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry.[9] She has also edited an anthology of love poems entitled Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems.[10]

Green has been a judge for several literary awards including the New Zealand Post Book Awards, 2008 New Zealand Post Secondary School Poetry Competition, and 2014 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.[1][3]

Green maintains two blogs with a focus on poetry, one targeting adults, and the other aimed at children.[1]

Awards[edit]

Green won the poetry prize in the 2017 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement.[3]

In the 2017 New Year Honours, Green was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a poet and to literature.[11]

Book awards[edit]

99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry was a finalist in the General Non-Fiction category of the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards.[12]

The Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand has recognised several of her children's books, three receiving the Notable Non-Fiction Book title (Flamingo Bendalingo: Poems from the Zoo in 2007,[13] Treasury of NZ Poems for Children in 2015, and The Letterbox Cat & Other Poems, also in 2015[14]) and Aunt Concertina and her Niece Evalina in 2010 as a Notable Picture Book.[15]

The Letterbox Cat and Other Poems was shortlisted for the 2015 LIANZA Children's Book Awards[16] and won the Children's Choice Non-Fiction Award at the 2015 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "New Zealand Book Council". New Zealand Book Council. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Paula Green". New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "2017 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement: winners announced". Creative NZ. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Paula Green". Penguin Books New Zealand. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Best New Zealand Poems 2002". Victoria University. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Best New Zealand Poems 2004". Victoria University. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Contents of Best New Zealand Poems 2006". NZETC. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Best New Zealand Poems 2007". NZETC. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  9. ^ Green, Paula (2010). 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry. Vintage. ISBN 1869791789.
  10. ^ Green, Paula (2012). Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems. Godwit. ISBN 9781869797621.
  11. ^ "New Year Honours List 2017". DPMC. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  12. ^ "New Zealand Post Book Awards". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Notable New Zealand Children's and Young Adult Books of 2007" (PDF). Storylines. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Notable Books List 2015". Storylines. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Notable Books List 2010" (PDF). Storylines. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  16. ^ "The LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2015 Finalists". LIANZA. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Past Winners 2015". New Zealand Book Awards Trust. Retrieved 13 November 2017.

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