Andrew Johnston

Essays and articles

Web pages about Andrew Johnston:

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
The Poetry Archive (UK)
Te Herenga Waka University Press
Read New Zealand
Arc Publications (UK)

Andrew Johnston is a New Zealand poet, critic and editor who lives in France. His book Fits & Starts (2016) won the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Poetry Award. His previous books include Sol (2007), Birds of Europe (2000), The Open Window (1999), The Sounds (1996) and How to Talk (1993), which won the 1994 New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.

Andrew was the co-editor, with Robyn Marsack, of Twenty Contemporary New Zealand Poets, published in 2009 by Carcanet, UK, and Victoria University Press, New Zealand. He also edited Moonlight: New Zealand Poems on Death and Dying (Random House, 2008). In 2007 he was the J D Stout Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. This site has a selection of his poems, essays, articles and reviews.

Andrew founded The Page, an online digest of the Web's best poems and essays, and edited it from October 2004 until October 2009.

Andrew's consultancy Words for Change helps UN agencies and other international organizations improve their written communications. He has led more than 300 writing workshops for agencies around the world. For four years he was the editor of the UN's major annual report on the state of education, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, published by UNESCO, and edited the World Education Blog. He also edited the annual report of the Africa Progress Panel, an advocacy group chaired by Kofi Annan. From 1999 to 2010 he worked as an editor for the International Herald Tribune, including six years as deputy editor of the opinion pages.

Articles about Andrew Johnston:

"At sunset" (profile) NZ Listener, March 24, 2007

"Finding the right words for death" (on Moonlight) The Press, 11 July, 2008