Former Otago Daily Times poetry editor Emma Neale is one
of three finalists in a new poetry award.
Neale was shortlisted yesterday for the inaugural $12,000
Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.
Nearly 300 New Zealand and overseas poets entered the award,
which was established to honour poet Sarah Broom (1972-2013),
provide recognition for an emerging or established poet, and
support the completion of a full manuscript of original
Neale will join fellow finalists CK Stead and Kirsti Whalen
in a reading at the Auckland Writers Festival on May 18, when
the winner will be announced.
The shortlist was selected by judges Sarah Ross, Paula Green,
Michael Gleissner and Sam Hunt.
''It is very encouraging to see that poetry is thriving in
our communities,'' Mr Gleissner said.
''The entries demonstrated an impressive range of complexity,
subject matter, tone, style and form, which made it a tough
job for the judges.''
Neale is a novelist, teacher, mentor and anthologist, who has
published four collections of poetry.
She won the inaugural Janet Frame Memorial Award for
Literature in 2008 and the 2011 Kathleen Grattan Award for
Poetry and was the 2012 University of Otago Robert Burns