Andrew Johnston

Essays and articles

Web pages about Andrew Johnston:

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
The Poetry Archive (UK)
Victoria University Press
New Zealand Book Council
Arc Publications (UK)
Auckland University Library

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 writing workshops for more than 90 international agencies in 11 countries. For four years he was the editor of the UN's major annual report on the state of education around the world, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, published by UNESCO, and edited the World Education Blog. He edits the annual Africa Progress Report for 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.

Since 1997 Andrew has lived in France. He is married to Christine Lorre, an English lecturer at Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, and they have three children, Emile (born 2002), Oscar (born 2007) and Louise (born 2010).

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