Riemke Ensing

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Riemke Ensing born 1939 in Groningen, The Netherlands is a New Zealand poet. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1951 at age twelve. She studied at Ardmore Teachers' Training College, then taught for two years, returning to the College to lecture in English literature for a year.

Ensing earned a master's degree in 1967, and was appointed to a position in Literature in the English Department at the University of Auckland. There she taught till 1999 when she took early retirement. She has since been appointed an Honorary Research Fellow (Faculty of Arts) and in 2002 was a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow.

In 1977 Ensing edited Private Gardens: An Anthology of New Zealand Women Poets. She has published and edited numerous books.


Poetry Books:

  • Making Inroads – Invocation for the New Zealand Women's Convention, Hamilton, 1979, Coal Black Press, Auckland, 1980
  • Letters, The Lowry Press, University of Auckland, 1982
  • Topographies, (graphics by Nigel Brown) Prometheus Press, Auckland, 1984
  • Spells from Chagall, The Griffin Press, Panmure, Auckland, 1987
  • The K.M. File and Other Poems with Katherine Mansfield, Hazard Press, Christchurch, Melbourne, 1993.
  • Like I Have Seen The Dark Green Ladder Climbing, The Pear Tree Press, Auckland, 1995
  • Dear Mr. Sargeson..., Cape Catley, Whatamango Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, 1995
  • Finding the Ancestors – poems to celebrate the occasion of the first Dutch Language and Culture Conference of its kind in New Zealand, Pear Tree Press, Auckland, May 1999.
  • Tarawera Te Maunga Tapu, The Pear Tree Press, Auckland, 1999.
  • Talking Pictures–Selected Poems, HeadworX, Wellington, 2000


  • Private Gardens–an anthology of New Zealand Women Poets, Caveman Press, Dunedin, 1977.
  • Poetry NZ 5, Brick Row Publishers, Auckland, 1992.
  • Gloria in Excelsis–a selection of poems by Gloria Rawlinson– in celebration, The Pear Tree Press, Auckland, 1995.

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