SEPTEMBER 24 - 2018

Wes has been accepted for publication in More of Us, an anthology of poems by migrants and refugees in New Zealand.

 

More of Us will be published in October by Landing Press. 

SEPTEMBER 7 - 2018

Wes has been accepted for publication in fourW, the annual anthology published by the Booranga Writers Centre at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia. 

 

Edited by David Gilbey, fourW twenty-nine will be launched in November in Sydney and Melbourne.

SEPTEMBER 4 - 2018

Children of Men appears in The Lampeter Review, Issue 16, edited by Kathy Miles. 

 

‘The Lampeter Review is the literary magazine of the Lampeter Creative Writing Centre (University of Wales, Trinity St David). Its goal is to promote the best in new writing from published and unpublished authors and thus part of the content is commissioned work by prominent writers.’

 

Contributors to Issue 16 include: Ruth Baker, Alex Barr, Byron Beynon, Mark Blayney, Rosey Brown, Natalie Chapman, Helen Cook, Salvatore Difalco, Mari Ellis Dunning, Menna Elfyn, Elizabeth Gibson, Adrew Hanson, Chris Hardy, Kate Hendry, Geoffrey Heptonstall, Christopher Hollis, Joseph Hutchison, Mike Jenkins, Eluned Jones, Tyler Keevil, Tony Kendrew, Wes Lee, Teige Maddison, Nicholas McGaughey, Morfudd Owen, D.N.J. Palmer, Bethany W Pope, clare e. potter, Abigail Staniforth, Jayne Stanton, Laila Sumpton, Becky Tipper, Rebecca Trick-Walker, Julia Webb, Heidi Williamson, Phil Wood, and Heather Hallberg Yanda.

 

Issue 16 focuses on the theme of ‘Staying’.

SEPTEMBER 1 - 2018

‘To Die and Die Again’ & ‘Drawing’, appear in BONSAI: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe.

 

Launched by Canterbury University Press on September 2 at Scorpio Books in Christchurch as part of the WORD CHRISTCHURCH FESTIVAL

 

‘Bonsai brings together a pioneering collection of flash fiction and associated forms (prose poetry and haibun) from 165 writers in Aotearoa New Zealand, along with intriguing essays on this increasingly popular genre. In 200 small stories of no more than 300 words, where the translucent boundaries between prose and poetry are often transgressed, we discover a vast array of human experience. Here, children race snails, shoot tin cans, learn to fly, and look for Antarctica in a drain pipe, while Schrödinger’s cat dreams of life and death, a dog licks away a woman’s tears, and a peacock guards its human family. Family tensions spill over during trips to the beach, couples get together and fall apart, babies are born – or not born – and parents die. You might find yourself dancing like the cool kids, listening to a neighbour sing in the dark, or watching a tractor catch fire. There are perfect moments in miniature as dew falls on a spider’s web and strangers make eye contact. Composed with precision in a form where every word counts, these carefully chiselled works are provocative, tender and endlessly surprising.’

 

Slippery, and exciting … The stories come at you directly, and then turn askance, and then slap you in the face.’ – Allan Drew

 

BONSAI: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, is available in bookstores throughout New Zealand, and direct from Canterbury University Press.

AUGUST 30 - 2018

Wes has been awarded 3rd prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society 2018 International Poetry Competition, judged by Anne French.

 

The winning entries will appear in the annual anthology, along with a number of poems selected by the editor Gail Ingram.

 

‘The New Zealand Poetry Society is dedicated to promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand. Its patrons are Dame Fiona Kidman and Vincent O'Sullivan.’ 

 

The anthology will be launched by the New Zealand Poetry Society in November.

AUGUST 24 - 2018

Wes has been accepted for publication in The Fenland Reed, Issue 7, edited by Elisabeth Sennitt Clough and Jonathan Totman.

 

The Fenland Reed is an East Anglican literary magazine. It is published biannually, and includes poetry and fiction.

 

Issue 7 will be launched in the UK’s Autumn.

AUGUST 22 - 2018

Wes has been selected for publication in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2019. 

 

Edited by Dr. Jack Ross, Poetry NZ is an international print journal based in New Zealand.

 

‘Poetry New Zealand Yearbook is this country's oldest, most established poetry magazine. It is interested not only in the work of established poets and experimental writing but also in that of new writers trying to have their work recognised. It also contains reviews and articles concerning poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.’ 

 

The Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2019 will be launched early in the new year by Massey University Press.

AUGUST 18 - 2018

Farm appears in Fast Fibres Poetry 5, launched on one of three Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day events: August 16 at ONEONESIX, Whangarei; August 25: ‘Poetry Popup’ at Whangarei Central Library; and August 26: Open Mic at Kings Theatre Creative Kawakawa.

 

Fast Fibres Poetry Collective’s fifth collection is edited by Piet Nieuwland & Olivia Macassey.

 

The collection is available to purchase through the Fast Fibres Poetry Collective.

AUGUST 8 - 2018

Wes has been selected as one of 8 finalists in The Geometry/Open Book National Poetry Competition judged by Anna Livesey and Sophie van Waardenberg in Auckland.

 

The Geometry/Open Book National Poetry Competition is one of the events celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

 

The selected poets and winner will read live on August 25 at the Open Book 201 Ponsonby Road (3pm).


AUGUST 7 - 2018

You wait for your loneliness to be looked upon appears in Words for the Wild, edited by Amanda Oosthuizen and Louise Taylor in the UK.

 

Words for the Wild is a platform for new writing launched to support the ADD campaign against the destruction of ancient woodlands.

 

“This small patch of green in Hampshire represents so much more than a simple field of cows and, in this anthology, a range of terrific writers from all over the world are raising their voices to protect the environment for future generations. I’m impressed and moved.”– Alison MacLeod

 

The anthology is available from Words for the Wild. All profits will go to the ADD campaign.

JULY 18 - 2018

Wes has been accepted for publication in Pink Cover Zine Issue #3, guest edited by Ramon Loyola, in Sydney.

 

Issue #3: Mementos will be launched in October/November.

JULY 17 - 2018

Wes has been accepted for publication in Fast Fibres Poetry 5 to be launched on National Poetry Day, August 24.

 

Fast Fibres Poetry Collective is producing its fifth collection 'to display the talents of poets with a strong Northland connection'.

JULY 5 - 2018

Wes has been longlisted for The Bath Short Story Award, in the UK, judged by Euan Thorneycroft (Senior Literary Agent, AM Heath).

 

‘The Bath Short Story Award is organised by Jude Higgins, Jane Riekemann and Anna Schlesinger. Launched in 2012, it has rapidly become established as one of the prominent short story prizes in the UK.’

 

The winner will be announced in August.

JUNE 15 - 2018

Delia appears in the Summer Issue of the London Reader in the UK.

 

Truth, Lies, & Fiction for a Post-Fact Age features: new minifiction from Jeff Noon, author of Vurt; interviews with Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, and Matthew d’Ancona, author of Post-Truth; alongside stories, poetry, and art from AJ Berasaluce, Ruth Brandt, Rachel Bullock, Nicholas Gurewitch, Kat Hanula, Barbara E. Hunt, Wes Lee, Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Scott Stavrou, Laura Theis, Daniel Uncapher, Mike Wilson, and Christopher Woods.

 

‘In 2016, ‘post-truth’ was named the word of the year, and Matthew d’Ancona makes the case that we are living in a post-truth era. The short stories, poems, interviews, and art in this issue interrogate truth, lies, and the role of fiction in these trying times, exploring our difficult relationship with the truth—how we bend, break, and mend it—offering a welcome reprieve from the swirling pandemonium of lies in our increasingly digital lives.’

 

‘Published quarterly, The London Reader brings you the best known and new voices in creative writing. The content in each issue is curated around a central topic and introduced by a renowned or notable figure in the field.’

JUNE 5 - 2018

Wes has been accepted for publication in The Lampeter Review, the literary magazine of the Lampeter Creative Writing Centre at the University of Wales.

 

Edited by Kathy Miles, Issue 16 will focus on the theme of Staying.

MAY 24 - 2018

Wes Lee, Writing (and) the Body. Jen Webb reviews Body, Remember and Shooting Gallery in Rabbit Poetry Journal, Issue 24: The LGBTQIA+ Issue, guest edited by Australian poet Michael Farrell.

‘I was delighted by her ability to explore form and deploy a lucid, image-laden, evocative sense in her writing... I kept thinking as I read these collections what they constantly achieve is aligned with the logic of écriture féminine, and of what Irigaray promised us women writers would eventually achieve: ‘Don’t weep. One day we will learn to say ourselves’. – Jen Webb

Rabbit Poetry Journal, Issue 24 was launched as part of the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival at Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne on May 24. Featuring readings by Natalie Briggs, Michael Farrell, Antonia Pont, Zoe Kingsley, Gemma Mahadeo, Frankie Hanman Siegersma, Claire Gaskin, Kent MacCarter, Carl Walsh, Marjorie Main, Michael Giannopoulos, Quinn Eades, D. Perez-McVie & TT.O. 

Issue 24 was also launched in Sydney at Gleebooks on May 18. Featuring readings by Pam Brown, Tess Pearson, Tricia Dearborn, Daniel Swain, Rory Green, Michael Farrell and Kate Lilley.

Jen Webb is a poet and Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Canberra, and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. 

Rabbit Poetry Journal is published by RMIT University. Issue 24 can be purchased in independent bookstores throughout Australia, and direct from the Rabbit Poetry website.

MAY 17 - 2018

Body, Remember is reviewed by Diane Brown in Landfall Review Online: ‘The Making I Have Made It My Life to be For’.

 

‘These poems are quiet, controlled and sparse, with an accurate ear for rhythm. Body, Remember is a satisfyingly cohesive collection, each poem adding something to the previous and the next. I found them intense, strong and immensely powerful.’ – Diane Brown

 

Landfall Review Online is published by Otago University Press.

MAY 16 - 2018

How They Live Now appears in the Summer Issue of The Stinging Fly, edited by Sally Rooney, and officially launched at the International Literature Festival in Dublin, May 22, 8pm at the East Side Tavern.

 

The Stinging Fly is one of Ireland’s preeminent literary magazines. Established in 1997 to seek out, publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing.

 

‘Over the years The Stinging Fly has published new work by a number of highly acclaimed Irish and international writers: Simon Armitage, Kevin Barry, Philip Casey, Evelyn Conlon, Emma Donoghue, Eamon Grennan, Kerry Hardie, Michael Harding, Claire Keegan, James Kelman, A.L. Kennedy, Toby Litt, Colum McCann, Medbh McGuckian, Paula Meehan, Sinéad Morrissey, Paul Murray, Philip Ó Ceallaigh, Sharon Olds, Keith Ridgway and C.K. Stead.’

 

Issue 38/Volume 2 – Summer 2018, is available to purchase from independent bookstores in Ireland, and direct from The Stinging Fly.

  

MAY 14 - 2018

Wes has been chosen as runner up in The Short FICTION Prize (University of Plymouth Press), judged by Ríona Judge McCormack in the UK.

 

Edited by Tom Vowler and published by the University of Plymouth Press, Short FICTION is a high-quality print and online journal, publishing some of the finest short stories from around the world.

 

Writers who have graced its pages include Kevin Barry, Helen Oyeyemi, Benjamin Percy, Marina Warner, and Luke Kennard.

 

MAY 6 - 2018

Wes is interviewed by New Zealand writer Paula Green for the NZ Poetry Shelf:

 

‘A conversation and poem from the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize Finalists: Wes Lee.’

MAY 1 - 2018

Wes has been selected as a finalist for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2018 judged by American poet Eileen Myles.

 

The prize is awarded on the basis of an original collection of poems by a New Zealand resident or citizen, and was established to celebrate the life and work of Sarah Broom (1972-2013), author of Tigers at Awhitu and Gleam, about which Elizabeth Smither said: “I heard that a whole new cluster of planets has just been discovered. That’s how I think of Sarah’s poems: flying through space, serene and beautiful, wrought from tragedy and beauty.”

 

Past recipients of the prize are C.K. Stead, Diana Bridge, Elizabeth Smither, and Hera Lindsay Bird.

Now in its fifth year, the 2018 prizewinner will be announced by Eileen Myles at a dedicated poetry event hosted by the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust at the Auckland Writers Festival 2018 in May.

MAY 1 - 2018

One Summer: Orcas in the Bay appears in Takahē 92.

 

Founded in Christchurch in 1989, Takahē magazine publishes short stories, poetry and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews.

APRIL 26 - 2018

Wes has been shortlisted for the Short FICTION Prize (University of Plymouth Press), judged by Ríona Judge McCormack, in the UK.

 

'Edited by Tom Vowler and published by the University of Plymouth Press, Short FICTION is a high-quality print and online journal, publishing some of the finest short stories from around the world.'

 

The winner will be announced in May.

APRIL 18 - 2018

Wes has been longlisted for The University of Sunderland Short Story Award, judged by Professor Ailsa Cox in the UK.

 

Now in its second year, the award is offered by the University of Sunderland in association with Waterstones.

 

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony which will take place on May 30 in Waterstones (The Bridges, Sunderland).

APRIL 15 - 2018

Wes has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming anthology Words for the Wild, edited by Amanda Oosthuizen and Louise Taylor in the UK.

 

‘We are looking for stories and poems with a rural element — of  woodland, field, river, pond, lake or beach, maybe a rocky crag or a chalk stream, or a patch of green grass or a copse of nettles and brambles, perhaps a gap between buildings that resonates with wildness, a dandelion growing between kerbstones. The work doesn’t need to be about conservation or environmental issues — it can be, but it might not  — we are longing for interpretation.’

 

Words for the Wild is a platform for new writing, launched to support the AAD campaign against the destruction of ancient woodlands.

 

The anthology will be launched in the UK Spring.

APRIL 2 - 2018

Wes has been accepted for publication in The Stinging Fly, edited by Sally Rooney.

 

The Stinging Fly is one of Ireland’s preeminent literary magazines. Established in 1997 to seek out, publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing.

 

‘Over the years The Stinging Fly has published new work by a number of highly acclaimed Irish and international writers: Simon Armitage, Kevin Barry, Philip Casey, Evelyn Conlon, Emma Donoghue, Eamon Grennan, Kerry Hardie, Michael Harding, Claire Keegan, James Kelman, A.L. Kennedy, Toby Litt, Colum McCann, Medbh McGuckian, Paula Meehan, Sinéad Morrissey, Paul Murray, Philip Ó Ceallaigh, Sharon Olds, Keith Ridgway and C.K. Stead.’

MARCH 30 - 2018

Orcas appears in the Spring edition of The London Reader, in the UK.

 

After Words: Animal Reflections focuses on the lives of animals—in themselves, in imagination, in relationship, and in thoughtful combinations thereof. In fable, fantasy, allegory—and in forms more and less traditional and experimental— revealing the moving ways animals have visited and haunted our lives and writing, and exploring how, in our basest and most elevated moments alike, we belong to their number.’

 

The Spring Issue: After Words: Animal Reflections features interviews with Pulitzer prize-winner Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, and Giller prize-winner Andre Alexis, author of Fifteen Dogs. Stories, poetry, and essays by Ed Ahern, Milli Aronoff, Janette Ayachi, Sarah Barr, Evan J. Coleman, Matt Daly, Meg Elison, AJ Huffman, Mathew Hollett, Tom Larsen, Wes Lee, Janet McCann, Christopher M. McDonough, Severine Richardson, Cecile Rossant, Benjamin Paynter, JJ Paynter, David F. Shultz, Daniel Scott Tysdal, Dan Veach, and Melanie Whipman.

 

‘Published quarterly, The London Reader brings you the best known and new voices in creative writing. The content in each issue is curated around a central topic and introduced by a renowned or notable figure in the field.’

 

MARCH 15 - 2018

Blade Runner 2049 appears in Not Very Quiet, Issue 2, launched at Smith's Alternative in Canberra by guest editor Anita Patel.

 

Not Very Quiet is an online journal for women’s poetry from Australia and overseas. Publishing two issues per year in Spring and Autumn.


‘We seek to publish in the intersection of women and poetry. We are looking for writing that is questioning and exploratory – social commentary, exploration of places and people, the relation of these to the poets.’

 

Issue 2 can be read Here

FEBRUARY 12 - 2018

My Tough Little James Cagney Stance appears in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018.

 

Edited by Dr. Jack Ross, the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook is an international print journal based in New Zealand and published by Massey University Press.

 

‘Poetry New Zealand Yearbook is this country's oldest, most established poetry magazine. It is interested not only in the work of established poets and experimental writing but also in that of new writers trying to have their work recognised. It also contains reviews and articles concerning poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.’ 

 

The Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 will be officially launched at Devonport Library on March 20 by Bryan Walpert with readings by Alistair Paterson, and is available in independant bookstores and direct from Massey University Press.

JANUARY 10 - 2018

Wes has been shortlisted for the Queensland Writers Centre Flash Fiction Prize.

 

The prize ($500 AUD) is offered by The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), in South Brisbane, Australia.

 

‘The Queensland Writers Centre was founded in 1990 with the aim of nurturing Queensland literature and building a community of writers. Since then, QWC has established itself as the leading provider of specialised services to the writing community throughout Queensland.’

 

DECEMBER 12 - 2017

Wes has been awarded 2nd prize in The Takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize 2017, judged by Elizabeth Smither in New Zealand.

The Takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize 2017 is offered by Takahē magazine.

Founded in Christchurch in 1989, Takahē magazine publishes short stories, poetry and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews.

DECEMBER 12 - 2017

Daily Walk appears in Vol 6, Issue 2, ‘The Brutal Issue’ of Here Comes Everyone in the UK.

 

Here Comes Everyone is a Coventry-based, quarterly literary magazine of poetry, fiction, articles and artwork.

 

Vol 6, Issue 2, can be purchased here

DECEMBER 10 - 2017

Sundays Were a Desert to You appears in the Winter Issue of the Northampton Poetry Review.

 

The Northampton Poetry Review is an online & print journal based in Northamptonshire in the UK.

 

NOVEMBER 18 - 2017

Airbnb Weekend appears in fourW twenty-eight launched at Wagga Wagga City Library by Ivy Alvarez. Another launch will follow at Gleebooks in Sydney by Michele Seminara on Saturday November 25.

‘We celebrate the wonderful contributions of poetry and prose by local, national, and international writers in this the twenty-eighth year of continuous publication of fourW.’ – David Gilbey

‘A treasure trove of new writing from Australian and international contributors. The fourW twenty-eight anthology features poetry and prose from award-winning authors as well as emerging writers. A feast of literary delights take the reader to new destinations with the turn of each page.’ – Michele Seminara

One of the oldest and most established anthologies in Australia, fourW is edited by David Gilbey and published by the Booranga Writers Centre at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales.

 

NOVEMBER 12 - 2017

A Funeral, and Falling in Love appear in After the Cyclone: The New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology 2017, launched at Auckland City Library on November 12, and edited by Christchurch writer Gail Ingram.

 

The Anthology is available to purchase from The New Zealand Poetry Society.

NOVEMBER 2 - 2017

You Have Become a Graphic Novel in My Dreams appears in Offset 17, published by Victoria University in Melbourne and launched on November 2 at MetroWest.

 

‘Victoria University’s Creative Arts Journal Offset is in its seventeenth year, celebrating and engaging with creative artists in Melbourne and around the world to publish prose, poetry, and artwork.’ – Ian Syson

OCTOBER 24 - 2017

For Jane will appear in Issue 5, the Autumn issue of The Fenland Reed, launched at the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival on November 4 in the UK.

 

The Fenland Reed is an East Anglian literary magazine. It is published biannually, and includes poetry and fiction. The editors are Jonathan Totman (Fenland Poet Laureate 2015) and Mary Livingstone (Fenland Poet Laureate 2016).

 

Issue 5 can be purchased here

OCTOBER 19 - 2017

Thank you Sinéad appears in Meniscus Volume 5: Issue 2, edited by Jen Webb and Gail Pittaway.

 

‘Meniscus is an online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). Its aim is to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing.’

 

The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

 

‘Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation.’

 

Volume 5: Issue 2 can be read HERE

SEPTEMBER 27 - 2017

Wes has been shortlisted for The Overton Poetry Prize 2017 at Loughborough University in the UK.

 

The Overton Poetry Prize for a sequence of poems was established in memory of Professor Bill Overton, a world-respected English scholar and a former head of department at Loughborough University. Each year the winner is published by Loughborough University in chapbook form.

 

This year’s prize is judged by Helen Calcutt. The winner will be announced in October.

SEPTEMBER 23 - 2017

Night Reverie appears in Irises: The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize Anthology 2017.

 

Edited by Monica Carroll and Paul Munden, the anthology contains the winning and longlisted poems from the annual $15,000 prize.

 

The winner was announced at the Poetry on the Move Festival by the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Deep Saini, on Thursday.

SEPTEMBER 20 - 2017

Wes has been longlisted for The Overton Poetry Prize 2017 at Loughborough University in the UK.

 

The Overton Poetry Prize for a sequence of poems was established in memory of Professor Bill Overton, a world-respected English scholar and a former head of department at Loughborough University. Each year the winner is published by Loughborough University in chapbook form.

 

This year’s prize is judged by Helen Calcutt. The winner will be announced in October.

SEPTEMBER 13 - 2017

Wes has been accepted for publication in fourW, the annual anthology published by the Booranga Writers Centre at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia.

 

Edited by David Gilbey, fourW twenty-eight will be launched in November at Gleebooks in Sydney, and at Wagga Wagga City Library in New South Wales.

SEPTEMBER 4 - 2017

Wes has been accepted for publication in BONSAI: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe.

 

BONSAI: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand is a comprehensive book of compressed fiction. The first of its kind in New Zealand, the book will be a wide-ranging collection in three parts: one section will feature the best of previously published work; one section will feature considerations and essays by noted practitioners on the short narrative form and its development/growth in New Zealand; one section will feature entirely new work, to showcase the fast-changing landscape of New Zealand small fictions.’

 

BONSAI will be launched by Canterbury University Press in August 2018.

SEPTEMBER 4 - 2017

Wes has been accepted for publication in Offset arts Journal published by Victoria University in Melbourne and edited by former Overland editor Ian Syson.

 

‘Victoria University’s Creative Arts Journal Offset is in its seventeenth year, celebrating and engaging with creative artists in Melbourne and around the world to publish prose, poetry, and artwork.’ 

 

Offset 17 will be launched in Melbourne on November 2.

SEPTEMBER 1 - 2017

Body, Remember has been launched in London by Eyewear Publishing as part of the Lorgnette Pamphlet Series.

 

Body, Remember takes its title from a poem by the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy, who, in sensuous imagery, illuminates the persistence and power of the body-memory of desire. Conversely, in this pamphlet, Lee addresses the body’s capacity to hide, to deceive, and draw a veil of silence, to create a blank space within when faced with trauma.

‘These poems are quiet, controlled and sparse, with an accurate ear for rhythm. Body, Remember is a satisfyingly cohesive collection, each poem adding something to the previous and the next. I found them intense, strong and immensely powerful.’ – Diane Brown (Landfall Review Online, Otago University Press)

‘In Body, Remember, Wes Lee catalogues a ‘domino of broken things’ with deft poignancy and dark humour. She draws our attention to the fact, that even as we read and breathe, our bodies are in a state of breaking.’ – Michael Stewart

‘Wes Lee's beautiful, sobering collection gives a skeleton upon which to hang the intangible. It speaks to transience, to trauma, to the inevitability of time passing.’ – S. J. Bradley

‘Amazing poems... very powerful.’ – Rosanna Hildyard

‘Eyewear Publishing is an independent press based in London. Strongly poetry focused, we bring readers a varied list, kept coherent by our dedication to presenting writing of the highest quality from the UK and overseas, from new and established figures. Through our annual Melita Hume Poetry Prize, and Pamphlet Series, we discover, support and develop exciting new talent.’ – Todd Swift

 

Body, Remember is available in bookstores in the UK, and can be ordered online from the Poetry Book Society, Amazon, Fishpond, and direct from Eyewear Publishing in London.

AUGUST 22 - 2017

My Tough Little James Cagney Stance has been selected for publication in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018.

 

Edited by Dr. Jack Ross, Poetry NZ is an international print journal based in New Zealand.

 

‘Poetry New Zealand Yearbook is this country's oldest, most established poetry magazine. It is interested not only in the work of established poets and experimental writing but also in that of new writers trying to have their work recognised. It also contains reviews and articles concerning poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.’ 

 

The Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 will be launched in March by Massey University Press.

AUGUST 22 - 2017

A Funeral, Where have you gone Valerie Solanas?, and Falling in Love, have been selected to appear in the 2017 New Zealand Poetry Society’s Annual Anthology, edited this year by Christchurch writer Gail Ingram.

 

A selection of poems chosen by the editor will appear alongside the winning and commended poems from the NZPS annual poetry competition.

 

The anthology will be launched by the New Zealand Poetry Society at Auckland Central Library on November 12.

AUGUST 21 - 2017

Wes has been shortlisted for the 5th iteration of The Fortnight Prize offered by Eyewear Publishing in London and judged by Eyewear’s director Todd Swift.

 

The prize is offered by Eyewear Publishing each fortnight. Winners and a selection of shortlisted poets will appear in a forthcoming anthology.

 

The submissions are via submittable and are judged by a rotating pool of Eyewear’s editors.

 

Eyewear’s new poem prize has been launched to ‘celebrate poetry in a fast-paced digital world.’

AUGUST 18 - 2017

My Baby appears in Fresh Ink: A Collection of Voices in Aotearoa, launched at The Loft, Q Theatre, in Auckland and published by Cloud Ink Press.

 

‘From the historical to the fantastical, the real to the surreal, this exciting new anthology of New Zealand fiction, poetry, and artwork presents the varied voices and styles of New Zealand writing at its best - exhibiting work from established and award-winning authors as well as some lively 'fresh ink' from previously unpublished literary voices.’

 

The anthology contains new writing from: Sandra Arnold, Heather Bauchop, Jane Blaikie, Drew Carrick-Anderson, Nikki Crutchley, Jack Gabriel, James George, Michael Giacon, J.A.Grierson, Kerry Harrison, Trisha Hanifin, Siobhan Harvey, Helen Henry, Thalia Henry, Juliet Jackson, Dione Jones, Wes Lee, Lorraine Marson, Helen McNeil, Dave Moore, Shereen Asha Murugayah, Art Nahill, Denise O’Hagen, Maris O’Rourke, Karen Phillips, Kirsty Powell, J.C.L. Purchase, Maxi Quy, Gillian Roach, Emma Robinson, Joanna Rodgers, Rosa-May Rutherford, Henrica Schieving, Sarah Sparx, Nina Tapu, Joan Taylor, Brendon Weir.

 

Fresh Ink: A Collection of Voices in Aotearoa is available in bookstores throughout New Zealand or direct from Cloud Ink Press.

AUGUST 5 - 2017

Shooting Gallery is reviewed by Carolyn McCurdie in Takahē Magazine, Issue 90.

 

‘Shooting Gallery is award-winning Wellington writer Wes Lee’s debut poetry collection. It is stunning. The poems are assured, brave, and many have already been published in a wide array of NZ and international journals...

 

The body is prime. And although throughout the collection pain and indignity are often a given, there is also a glorying in the physical, the sensual; there is verve, and poems that punch the air celebrating survival...

 

It is striking that in these poems, no one is judged. The first thing that Wes Lee concerns herself with in Shooting Gallery is the humanity of each person. Here, the last shall be first, and she ensures that, in this marvellous collection, we know why this should be the case.’ – Carolyn McCurdie (Takahē: 90)

 

‘Founded in 1989, Takahē magazine publishes short stories, poetry and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews in related areas. Many of Aotearoa New Zealand’s brightest literary talents made their first public appearance within our pages, and we remain committed to publishing the best work from emerging talents alongside that of established writers and artists.' - Takahē Collective

The full review can be read HERE

AUGUST 1 - 2017

Body, Did You Know appears in New Writing Scotland, Issue 35, edited by Diana Hendry & Susie Maguire.

 

‘Published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies at the University of Glasgow, New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.

 

She Said He Said I Said: New Writing Scotland 35 is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society, and includes new work from more than fifty authors – some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.’

 

‘The annual finger on the pulse of the literary nation.' —The Herald

 

SHE SAID HE SAID I SAID: New Writing Scotland 35 is available in bookstores UK wide or online from Amazon, MyBookSource, or direct from the University of Glasgow.

AUGUST 1 - 2017

Wes has been longlisted for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2017 ($15,000), judged by American poet laureate (2001 – 2003) Billy Collins.

 

‘The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize has been offered annually since 2014. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra's commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture.’

 

The winner will be announced on September 21.

 

An anthology of the winning and longlisted poems will be published by the University of Canberra in September.

JULY 7 - 2017

Wes has been shortlisted for the 4th iteration of The Fortnight Prize offered by Eyewear Publishing in London and judged by Oliver Jones.

 

The prize is offered by Eyewear Publishing each fortnight. Winners and a selection of shortlisted poets will appear in an anthology edited by Todd Swift and published by Eyewear Publishing.

 

The submissions are via submittable and are judged by Eyewear’s editors.

 

Eyewear’s new poem prize has been launched to ‘celebrate poetry in a fast-paced digital world.’

JULY 6 - 2017

You Know I Want appears in Strix, a new UK literary journal based in Leeds.

 

Edited by Ian Harker and Andrew Lambeth, and launched at the Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds, Strix contains work by Helen Mort, Ian Duhig, Carole Bromley and others.

 

Strix can be purchased Here

JULY 1 - 2017

Power of Attorney appears in Meniscus Volume 5: Issue 1, edited by Alice Beecham and Paul Hetherington.

 

‘Meniscus is an online literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). Its aim is to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary international writing.’

 

The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

 

‘Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation.’

 

Volume 5: Issue 1 can be read Here

JUNE 4 - 2017

‘People ask me what’s it like living in New Zealand?’ appears in Issue #6 of Demos journal, the Futures issue.

 

Demos is the online literary journal from the Australian National University. ‘Demos Journal is a progressive journal that aims to put the demos or “people” back into democracy. We are Canberra based publication that is dedicated to creating a critical and creative space for politics, poetry and ideas around the theme of democracy in a changing climate. We publish in a variety of forms: poetry, long-form articles, essays, short stories, mixed media creative writing, interviews, features, book reviews, memoirs and as well as non-conventional forms.’

 

One thing that unifies many progressive campaigns is that we’re up against an undemocratic, broken political system, where things like corporate influence, short-term election cycles and hegemonic free market ideology make it incredibly difficult for activists to affect change. I guess that’s part of the reason we decided to call the project ‘Demos’ – to create a space where people can begin to imagine a different kind of politics, a politics, to paraphrase Schumacher, as if people mattered.’ – Odette Shenfield

 

Issue #6: Futures can be read HERE

JUNE 2 - 2017

Remembering Oluwale, featuring Wes’s poem The Story Has Overtaken Me, has won the Best Anthology category in The Saboteur Awards in the UK.

 

The Saboteur Awards take place in London every year, voted for by the public, and sponsored by Literature Wales as part of International Dylan Thomas Day.

 

Published by Valley Press and edited by S.J. Bradley: ‘Remembering Oluwale is an inspiring reflection on David’s story. It includes extracts from recent books about David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips and Kester Aspden, as well as previously published poems by Ian Duhig, Sai Murray, and Zodwa Nyoni. This body of new and earlier writing serves as a clarion call for us to re-make our neighbourhoods as places of inclusion and hospitality.’

 

‘Remembering Oluwale is a unique and powerful anthology that brings together voices new and more experienced from around the world, expressing a collective will to hold power and authority to account. A significant and relevant collection.’

JUNE 1 - 2017

Wes has been shortlisted for The Fortnight Prize offered by Eyewear Publishing in London and judged by Alexandra Payne. 

 

The prize is offered by Eyewear Publishing each fortnight. Winners and a selection of shortlisted poets will appear in an anthology edited by Todd Swift and published by Eyewear Publishing.

 

The submissions are via submittable and are judged by Eyewear’s editors.

 

'Eyewear’s new poem prize has been launched to celebrate poetry in a fast-paced digital world.’

 

The inaugural winner of the prize was the acclaimed Canadian poet Robin Richardson. Her winning poem Without a Roof can be read here

MAY 9 - 2017

Shooting Gallery is reviewed by Murray Edmond in the 70th Anniversary Issue of Landfall.

‘Landfall is New Zealand’s foremost and longest running arts and literary journal. Published by Otago University Press, it showcases new fiction, poetry, essays and cultural commentary.’

Issue 233, the 70th Anniversary Issue is available throughout New Zealand bookstores and direct from Otago University Press.

 

‘There are times in this tough-minded and tender-hearted book when you are persuaded that your odds are not good. On the other hand there are moments – and moments matter for Wes Lee – when the balance of the universe tips back in your favour.’ – Murray Edmond

MAY 9 - 2017

To Die and Die Again appears in the 70th Anniversary Issue of Landfall, edited by David Eggleton.

‘Landfall is New Zealand’s foremost and longest running arts and literary journal. Published by Otago University Press, it showcases new fiction, poetry, essays and cultural commentary.’

Issue 233, the 70th Anniversary Issue is available throughout New Zealand bookstores and direct from Otago University Press.

MAY 9 - 2017

Voices from the Cave: an anthology of poems about addiction and recovery will launch in Ireland on May 11 at the Shannon Rowing Club, Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick at 7.30pm.

 

Produced by The Limerick Writer’s Centre in association with the Mid-West Regional Drug and Alcohol Forum, Voices from the Cave is edited by Ron Carey and Dominic Taylor, and published by Revival Press.

 

‘The Limerick Writers' Centre is a non profit organisation established to nurture and support writers, fostering literary excellence through readings, workshops and publishing activities – serving literature, books and creativity in the North Munster region since 2008.’

 

‘This is an important book and essential reading for anyone who is interested in the human condition and how easy it is to become marginalised. The poems tell stories about real people, their heartbreaks but also their hope. With an introduction by Fr. Peter McVerry of the Peter McVerry Trust, this anthology engages both the heart and mind.’

APRIL 22 - 2017

Wes has been selected to appear in New Writing Scotland, Issue 35.

‘Published annually by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies at the University of Glasgow, New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.’

'New Writing Scotland remains the most accurate barometer of new trends in Scottish writing.' – Simon Hall, The Herald

APRIL 6 - 2017

Remembering Oluwale, featuring Wes’s poem The Story Has Overtaken Me, has been shortlisted for the Best Anthology category in The Saboteur Awards in the UK.

 

The Saboteur Awards take place in London every year, voted for by the public, and sponsored by Literature Wales as part of International Dylan Thomas Day.

 

'Published by Valley Press and edited by S.J. Bradley: Remembering Oluwale is an inspiring reflection on David’s story. It includes extracts from recent books about David Oluwale by Caryl Phillips and Kester Aspden, as well as previously published poems by Ian Duhig, Sai Murray, and Zodwa Nyoni. This body of new and earlier writing serves as a clarion call for us to re-make our neighbourhoods as places of inclusion and hospitality.’

 

‘The passion and moral urgency informing these new voices gives one hope for the future of both imaginative writing and our society’s health.’ – Caryl Phillips, Writer, Guggenheim Fellow, and winner of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize.

APRIL 6 - 2017

Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, featuring Wes’s poem You watch TV late at night, has been longlisted for the Best Anthology category in The Saboteur Awards in the UK

 

The Saboteur Awards take place in London every year, voted for by the public, and sponsored by Literature Wales as part of International Dylan Thomas Day.

 

Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology of Oceanic Life, is edited by Susan Richardson and James Roberts, and published by Zoomorphic in the UK.

 

‘A Zoomorphic anthology of poetry, prose and images dedicated to marine wildlife. With an international list of contributors. Featuring stories and poems about a host of marine species.’

MARCH 27 - 2017

Blackmail Press Issue 42 has launched in Auckland featuring a suite of Wes’s poems.

 

Founded in 2001 by editor Doug Poole:

‘Blackmail Press’s impetus is to promote New Zealand poetry and to provide an environment for New Zealand poets to share their work, presenting an eclectic range of voices from Aotearoa and abroad.’

MARCH 17 - 2017

Running Naked on the Motorway appears in I, You, He, She, It: Experiments in Viewpoint, published by Grist Books, University of Huddersfield Press, in the UK.

 

The contributing writers were selected by a panel of renowned authors and editors: Helen Mort (Chatto & Windus), Steve Ely (Smokestack/Blackheath Books), Sam Jordison (The Guardian/ Galley Beggar Press), Ben Myers (Bluemoose Books), and Steve Finbow (Zero Books).

 

‘The latest Grist Anthology is an innovative blend of some of the most exciting and freshest voices in prose and poetry today. It features five sections written from five distinct narrative viewpoints.’ – Simon Crump

 

The anthology was launched on March 17 at the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

MARCH 14 - 2017

The Players Are Dead appears in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017, launched by Massey University Press at Devonport Library on Tuesday, March 14.

 

Edited by Dr. Jack Ross, and launched by Michele Leggott, Poetry NZ is an international print journal based in New Zealand.

 

‘Poetry New Zealand Yearbook is this country's oldest, most established poetry magazine. It is interested not only in the work of established poets and experimental writing but also in that of new writers trying to have their work recognised. It also contains reviews and articles concerning poetry in New Zealand and elsewhere.’

 

The yearbook can be purchased in all good independent bookstores, and ordered online via Massey University Press.

FEBRUARY 2 - 2017

Wes has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming anthology Voices from the Cave – an anthology of poems about addiction and recovery.

Produced by The Limerick Writer’s Centre in association with the Mid-West Regional Drug and Alcohol Forum, Voices from the Cave is edited by Ron Carey and Dominic Taylor and will be launched in Ireland in March 2017.

‘The Limerick Writers' Centre is a non profit organisation established to nurture and support writers, fostering literary excellence through readings, workshops and publishing activities – serving literature, books and creativity in the North Munster region since 2008.’

JANUARY 3 - 2017

A suite of poems has been accepted for publication in Blackmail Press Issue 42 in Auckland.

 

Founded in 2001 by editor Doug Poole:

‘Blackmail Press’s impetus is to promote New Zealand poetry and to provide an environment for New Zealand poets to share their work, presenting an eclectic range of voices from Aotearoa and abroad.’

 

Issue 42 will appear in March.

don in October.