Andrew Johnston


Web pages about Andrew Johnston:

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

Andrew Johnston is a New Zealand poet, critic and editor who has lived in France since 1997. His Selected Poems was published in 2023 by Te Herenga Waka University Press, Wellington, New Zealand. 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 international organizations improve their written communications. He has led more than 350 writing workshops around the world since 2013. For four years he edited the UN's major annual education report. From 1999 to 2010 he worked as an editor for the International Herald Tribune, including six years as deputy editor of the opinion pages.

Before he left New Zealand, Andrew was literary editor of The Evening Post, which twice won the New Zealand Book Page of the Year Award.

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