Wes Lee's debut collection of poetry Shooting Gallery has been launched by Steele Roberts in Wellington New Zealand
“The body is where you begin” could be a tag for this whole book of short sharp poems that knock against your skull. There’s a woman living in a car, there’s a clown living in you, there’s a couple living in a barn with a dog and a boar, there’s a memory living in a hotel, there’s a self living in a mirror ... A book stuffed with tough stuff.’ – Murray Edmond (NZ Poetry Shelf)
‘Written with breathtaking simplicity, this is a collection of devastating beauty and power. It's rare to find poetry that can convey so much, with such brevity. Wes Lee's poetry will transport you.’ – SJ Bradley, author of Brick Mother, and editor, The Big Bookend
‘With remarkable economy, Wes Lee conjures striking poetic images of the contemporary world.’ – Demos Journal
‘A stunning volume of poems.’ – Laura Vordermayer
Wes Lee lives in Wellington. Her first collection of poems Shooting Gallery was published in New Zealand by Steele Roberts in August 2016. Her chapbook of short stories Cowboy Genes was published by Grist Books at the University of Huddersfield and launched at the Huddersfield Literature Festival in 2014. Her poems have appeared in The London Magazine, Poetry London, Magma, Westerly, New Writing Dundee, Landfall, The Stony Thursday Book, Cordite, Riptide, and many other journals. She was the 2010 recipient of The BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award, New Zealand’s foremost award for the short story, and has won a number of prizes for her writing, including, The Short Fiction Writing Prize (University of Plymouth Press), The Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award in Ireland, and The Bronwyn Tate Memorial Award in New Zealand. Most recently she was a finalist in The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2015, and The Troubadour Prize 2014, in the UK.
‘Of the five stories in Cowboy Genes, three struck me: Diseases from Space, The Gardenia Girls, and especially Crash Test Dummies. If you are weary of cheap cynicism being passed off as profundity, you’ll feel great empathy for Victor, the central character of this story, who yearns for things that are life-changing, life-affirming.’ – Jim Greenhalf (Telegraph & Argus).
Launched at the Huddersfield Literature Festival 2014, Cowboy Genes brings together a selection of Wes Lee’s short fiction.
‘A poignant and accomplished short story collection.’ – Jazz Croft (NZ Booklovers)
‘In Wes Lee’s beautiful collection of short fiction, the shadow of death looms.’ – Michael Stewart (Cafe Assassin, 2015).