July 2 - 2021

'New Year: Discharged' appears in Poetry and Covid, an Arts

and Humanities Research Council funded project, aiming to share

poems and spark discussion around poetry and pandemics, edited

by Anthony Caleshu and Rory Waterman at the University of

Plymouth and Nottingham Trent University.

~

May 16 - 2021

'And I Suppose Poems Could Be Miniature Rooms (each time you begin

with the hope of creation)' appears in Landfall 241 edited

by Emma Neale.

 

Landfall 241 features new poetry by: Tom Weston, Joy Tong, Rowan Taigel,

Tim Saunders, Chris Price, Joanna Preston, Claire Orchard, James McNaughton,

Ria Masae, Talia Marshall, Bill Manhire, Wes Lee, Wen-Juenn Lee, Brent

Kininmont, Erik Kennedy, Claudia Jardine, Lily Holloway, Chris Holdaway,

Michael Harlow, Trisha Hanifin, Jordan Hamel, Alison Glenny, Ben Egerton,

Alison Denham, Mary Cresswell, Ruth Corkill, Cadence Chung, Stephanie Burt,

Owen Bullock, Diana Bridge, Peter Belton, David Beach, Rebecca Ball, Philip

Armstrong, Joanna Aitchison.

 

'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.'

 

Landfall 241 is available in independent bookshops and direct from 

Otago University Press.

~

May 15 - 2021

'New Year: Discharged' appears in Love In The Time Of Covid: A Chronicle

of a Pandemic, edited by Witi Ihimaera & Michelle Elvy.

 

'The project's aim is to offer an unprecedented opportunity for voices

all over the world to share, in quality fiction and non-fiction, poetry

and dialogue, art and music and more, the collective experiences of the

international community during COVID.' — Witi Ihimaera & Michelle Elvy

~

April 23 - 2021

'I had never seen you so open' appears in 'Ten poems about

clouds', edited by Paula Green on NZ Poetry Shelf.

 

Poems by: Bill Manhire, Jane Arthur, Morgan Bach, Tayi Tibble,

Johanna Aitchison, Tusiata Avia, Wes Lee, Helen Jacobs,

E Wen Wong, and Amy Brown.

~

April 9 - 2021

Shortlisted for The Inaugural NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press

Prize 2021.

~

The shortlisted writers are: Joanna Aitchison, Tom Baragwanath,

James Norcliffe, Lizzie Harwood, and Wes Lee.

~

'The NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize is an exciting new prize

which celebrates the life and work of the writer Laura Solomon.

The prize is judged within the criteria set by Laura Solomon

for new writing with a 'unique and original vision.'

~

There were 89 applications for the prize, 5 manuscripts have been

selected for the shortlist by the judging panel of Tina Shaw 

and Ruby Porter.

~

We saw an inspiring range of work in the applications and a range

that explored many different genres and themes. It is exciting

to see such creativity is alive and well in Aotearoa's

writing scene.’ — Tina Shaw & Ruby Porter

~

The five shortlisted entries will now go to the final judging panel

(the panel consists of Tina Shaw, a representative from Cuba Press

and a representative from the Solomon family). 

~

The winner will be announced at the beginning of May.

~

March 18 - 2021

Accepted for publication in Landfall 241, edited by Emma Neale.

 

'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.'

— Otago University Press

 

Landfall 241 will launch in May.

~

March 13 - 2021

Accepted for publication in Fresh Ink: A Collection Of Voices

In Aotearoa 2021, published by Cloud Ink Press in Auckland.

 

'The year 2020 has been – among many significant experiences –

the year of the Coronavirus. What are we as both individuals

and as collective society to make of the wider and deeper effects,

beyond the health crisis itself? How can writers and storytellers,

across multiple forms, address the human aspects of the Covid-19 crisis,

its effects, both personal and societal, and its legacy?

Can we make sense of this traumatic experience through the creative use

of language, characterisation, and images?' — Cloud Ink Press

 

The collection will launch in September.

~

March 11 - 2021

'Again' appears in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2021, edited by

Tracey Slaughter, and launched at Poppies Bookshop, Hamilton,

on March 11 by Massey University Press. 

 

'The packed Issue #55 features 180 new poems — including by this

year's featured poet, Aimee-Jane Anderson-O'Connor and by John Allison,

Stephanie Christie, Michele Leggott, Wes Lee, Elizabeth Morton,

David Eggleton, Bob Orr and Kiri Piahana-Wong — and essays and extensive

reviews of new poetry collections.' — Massey University Press

 

Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2021 can be purchased from Whitcoulls 

and independent bookstores around New Zealand, or direct

from Massey University Press.

~

March 11 - 2021

'By the Lapels' is reviewed by Elizabeth Morton in the Poetry New Zealand

Yearbook 2021, edited by Tracey Slaughter, and launched at Poppies

Bookshop, Hamilton, on March 11 by Massey University Press.

~

'This is poetry that is emphatic in its capacity to endure. It is the song

playing on the car wireless, which greets the first-responders at the scene

of a crash. It is witness and black-box . . . Wes Lee's collection strips

sentiment right down to its agonised nerves. It is the brutal, beautiful

crash-landing into the world, the terror of a newsfeed, the animal who has

'seen too much: imprinted / on her retinas' . . . Pain is something to carry,

and Lee carries it elegantly, and with fierce instinct. The determination

is dogged, vital, and excruciating . . . In a literary scene increasingly

fronted by the gaudy and the cynical, these words quake the pages with

their truth.' — Elizabeth Morton

 

Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2021 can be purchased from Whitcoulls 

and independent bookstores around New Zealand, or direct

from Massey University Press.

~

January 1 - 2021

Four poems appear in a double issue (17 & 18) of NOON: Journal of the

Short Poem, published in Tokyo, and selected by the editor Philip Rowland.

 

‘Published in hand-sewn, limited editions between 2004 and 2009, the 

journal aims to put some of the most interesting English-language haiku in 

conversation with other innovative short poetry. The new series appears 

online, with the journal’s style of presentation being retained as far as 

possible. A selection of poems from the online issues are published in 

printed book form every other year.’

~

December 23 - 2020

'The great dark life we intuit' appears in Abridged 0 — 67: Nyx, edited 

by Gregory McCartney and Susanna Galbraith, in Northern Ireland.

 

'Nyx, goddess and embodiment of Night, was there at the very beginning,

occupying that slippery place where beginning and ending are something

the same. Born of chaos, she is often conflated with it. The crevice

between days we measure on a calendar, Nyx heralds a ritual return

to the primordial, a time outside of order and moving forward...' 

— Abridged

 

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

~

December 15 - 2020

'Dreams of Siberia' appears in Meniscus Vol 8: Issue 2, edited by

Paul Hetherington at the University of Canberra, Australia.

 

‘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.’

~

December 10 - 2020

Contribution to Takahē magazine's 100th issue: 'Striking the Pounamu:

100 line poem from 100 poets from Aotearoa New Zealand', edited

and arranged by Jeni Curtis and Gail Ingram.

 

'The title of the 100-line poem 'Striking the Pounamu' comes from

the description by Māori of the takahē bird's night cry as sounding

like two pieces of pounamu struck together. The theme of the poem:

the diverse voices that make up Aotearoa New Zealand – te iwi the

people, te tai ao the natural world, tāhuhu kōrero the history, ā mua

the future.' — Takahe Collective

 

Striking the Pounamu appears in the 100th issue of Takahe magazine.

Launched on December 10 at Sign of the Takahe in Christchurch.

~

December 7 - 2020


Best of Reading List 2020: Banshee Literary journal.

 

Banshee is an Irish literary journal edited by Laura Cassidy, Claire Hennessy 

and Eimear Ryan. 

~

December 5 - 2020

'Communion' appears in fourW thirty-one: NEW WRITING, launched on December 5 

at Gleebooks in Sydney.

 

Edited by David Gilbey, fourW is the annual anthology published by the 

Booranga Writers Centre at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales.

 

'Running through the poems and prose in fourW thirty-one: NEW WRITING,

like a meandering Marambidya, are undercurrents, ripples, obscured depths

of water … Geographically, cosmically, emotionally, politically etc. …

water metaphorises the depths, currents, fluidity, typhoons & tsunamis

of the human condition.' 

~

December 4 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Abridged 0 — 67: Nyx, edited by Gregory McCartney 

and Susanna Galbraith, in Northern Ireland.

  

'Abridged aims to publish and exhibit contemporary/ experimental poetry plus 

contemporary art. We encourage poets/artists to investigate the articulation of 

‘Abridged’ themes. These themes focus on contemporary concerns in a rapidly 

changing society. We are offering an alternative and complete integration of 

poetry, art and design. We experiment continually. We also stray into the 

exhibition format producing contemporary, innovative and challenging work 

accompanied by a free publication.'

 

Abridged 0 — 67: Nyx will launch in December.

 

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

~

December 3 - 2020

'Precipice' & 'Boom!' appear in Mayhem, Issue 8, guest edited by 

Michael Steven at the University of Waikato. Launched on

December 3 at Never Project Space.

 

'I am again reminded that poets are broken people braving a

broken world, and that ultimately it is the bravery of expression

in their songs and poems that allows both their makers, their

readers and listeners, to transcend the exigent difficulties

of our contemporary life.' — Michael Steven, Mayhem 2020

 

Featuring new writing from a host of writers including,

Tony Beyer, Janet Charman, Paula Harris, Gail Ingram,

Mary Macpherson, Emma Neale, Keith Nunes, Essa May Ranapiri,

Vaughan Rapatahana, Richard Reeve, Elizabeth Smither, Sue Wootton.

 

Mayhem, Issue 8 can be purchased in independent bookstores or direct through 

the Mayhem website.

~

December 1 - 2020

'The Field: Persephone' appears in The Aesthetica Creative Writing 

Annual 2021 in the UK.

 

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual is an international showcase

of poetry and short fiction, featuring the winner in each of the

2 categories and the shortlist of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.

 

'These poems and short stories connect readers to a profound sense of

self as well as their shared humanity. Emergency threads its way through

many of the works – considering the pandemic as well as cultural crises

born of inequality and injustice. However, at the centre of these powerful

and necessary pieces are tender moments of intimacy and release: friendships,

fairytales and romantic relationships told in new ways.'

 

The 2021 Annual can be ordered online at Aesthetica Magazine.

~

December 1 - 2020

'I had never seen you so open' appears in Haumi ē! Hui ē! Tāiki ē!

Stay Well HereThe New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology 2020, edited

by Raewyn Alexander.

 

‘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.’

~

November 10 - 2020

The Field: Persephone appears in Oscenan online literary journal based 

in Auckland.

 

'Oscen creates and curates thought-provoking content that opens up 

conversation in a time of noise, fakeness and antagonism.'

 

Issue 3: Myths can be read here.

~

November 6 - 2020

'Antarctica: As Seen On TV’ appears in Climate Matters: The Climate Crisis

& Capitalism, edited by Virginia Baily, Sally Flint and Mike Quille.

 

Climate Matters is the 13th volume of Riptide Journal published by

the University of Exeter in the UK.

 

The anthology will be launched at Exeter University School of Medicine's 

'Waking up to the Planetary Health Emergency Conference' on December 3.

 

Climate Matters: The Climate Crisis & Capitalism is a collaboration

between Culture Matters and Riptide Journal.

~

November 1 - 2020

Three poems appear in Otoliths issue fifty-nine: southern spring 2020. 

 

Otoliths is a quarterly literary magazine edited by Mark Young in

Queensland, Australia.

 

'Otolith: Any of the granules of calcium carbonate in the inner ear of 

vertebrates. Movement of otoliths, caused by a change in position of the

animal, stimulates sensory hair cells, which convey the information

to the brain. An ear stone. Collectively, the otoliths are called ear

sand and otoconite.'

~

October 31 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Mayhem, guest edited by Michael Steven 

at The University of Waikato.

 

Mayhem, Issue 8 will launch in November.

~

September 26 - 2020

Accepted for publication in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2021. 

 

Edited by Dr. Tracey Slaughter, 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 2021 will be launched in March

by Massey University Press.

~

September 18 - 2020

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 thirty-one will be launched in

Sydney at Gleebooks in December.

~~

September 14 - 2020

'I Presented at Your Surgery Still Wearing the Opaque Wristband' appears

in Not Very Quiet, Issue 7: Memoir, guest edited by Anne Casey.

 

Not Very Quiet is an online journal for women's poetry from Australia

and overseas. Publishing two issues per year in Spring and Autumn.

 

Issue 7 can be accessed here

~

September 2 - 2020

Accepted for publication in NOON: Journal of the Short Poem, Issue 17,

in Tokyo, edited by Philip Rowland.

 

Issue 17 will launch in October.

~

August 27 - 2020

'We Watch True Crime' appears in Banshee Issue 10: Autumn/Winter 2020. 

 

Banshee is an Irish literary journal published biannually. Edited by 

Laura Cassidy, Claire Hennessy, and Eimear Ryan, it features

short stories, flash fiction, poetry, personal essays and interviews.

 

Issue 10: Autumn/Winter is a bumper issue featuring new work from: 

John Patrick McHugh, Mary Fancher, Méabh de Brún, Niamh Mulvey, 

Katie McDermott, Nathan O’Donnell, CM Lindley, Hilary White, Emma Flynn,

Francesca McDonnell CaposselaUlrika Nielsen, Kathryn Hummel, Dean

Browne, Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Aoife LyallCliona O’Connell, Jaydn

DeWald, Mark Ward, Rosamund Taylor, kerry rawlinson, Zoe Mitchell,

Karen RigbyDaniel Rattelle, Lydia Unsworth, Wes Lee, Breda Spaight,

Christine Hamm, Jonathan C. Creasy, Jess McKinney, Demi Anter, Nidhi Zak,

Aria Eipe, Jamie Stedmond, KG Newman, Kelly Konya, Emily S. Cooper,

Ellen Brickley, Jayne A. Quan, Gabriella Attems, E.R. Murray, Mary

O’Donoghue, Sarah Watling, Lynsey May, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan,

Emma Devlin.

 

Banshee is available in independent bookstores in Ireland or direct

from Banshee Press

~

August 20 - 2020

'Funeral' appears in Fast Fibres Poetry 7 launched on August 20 as part

of Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day at ONEONESIX, Whangarei.

 

Fast Fibres Poetry Collective's seventh collection is edited by Piet 

Nieuwland & Olivia Macassey.

 

The collection is available to purchase through the Fast Fibres

Poetry Collective.

~

August 13 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Not Very Quiet, Issue 7: Memoir, guest edited

by Anne Casey.

 

Not Very Quiet is an online journal for women's poetry from Australia

and overseas. Publishing two issues per year in Spring and Autumn.

 

Issue 7 will launch online (via Zoom) on September 14.

~

August 11 - 2020

Listed in Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (NZ Book Council) Writers Files.

~

'Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Writers Files are the most comprehensive online

collection of information about Aotearoa New Zealand's writers.

They are regularly updated to include latest writer publications,

awards, residencies and other key information.' — Read NZ

~

August 10 - 2020

Highly Commended in the Heroines Women's Writing Prize 2020.

~

The Heroines Women's Writing Prize 2020 is offered by Neo Perennial

Press in Australia as part of the annual Heroines Festival in

Thirroul, Wollongong.

~

'Our yearly Heroines Festival is a full day program of women

writers who reclaim women’s histories, or creatively imagine their

futures. As a niche micro-publisher, The Neo Perennial Press also

publishes writing by women about women. We particularly have an

interest in women’s history and mythology inspired works: old

texts, works poetically renewed, adapted or recreated and

speculative fiction.' — Sarah Nicholson and Caitlin White

~

~

July 26 - 2020

'I had never seen you so open', commended in the New Zealand Poetry Society 2020

International Poetry Competition, judged by Johanna Emeney. 

 

The winning and commended entries will appear in the annual anthology in

November, alongside a number of poems selected by the editor.

July 23 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Fast Fibres Poetry 7, edited by Piet Nieuwland &

Olivia Macassey.

 

Fast Fibres Poetry 7 will be launched on August 20 as part of Phantom

Billstickers National Poetry Day at ONEONESIX, Whangarei.

July 4 - 2020

Landfall 239: Autumn 2020reviewed by Sally Blundell in 'The Friday Review',

Academy of New Zealand Literature:

 

'There is also a simple elegance in the best of these writings – in the ‘three-

dimensional calligraphy’ of eels in ‘To Flute Music’ by Tony Beyer, in the

haunting gaze of the hospital patient in Wes Lee’s ‘Suddenly the Moon’, in Cilla

McQueen’s ‘Adaptation’, her words dancing down a brief eight lines to arrive at

a tiny oyster growing inside the remains of a washed-up Janola bottle; in Sarah

Scott’s memorable opening to ‘Chrysanthemums’: ‘She lies dusking in the catkin

dust / He looks up from his sketchbook.' — Sally Blundell

July 1 - 2020

'By the Lapels' is reviewed by Siobhan Harvey in Landfall Review Online:

‘Cerebral Punch’:

 

'In her second powerful collection, By the Lapels, Paekākāriki writer Wes

Lee shows that she shares Tony Beyer’s deeply mulled poetic impressionism.

The book reads as a novel-like narrative, each poem a slanted entry point

to the ongoing story. The first offering, ‘The Things She Remembers’ is a

case in point. A list poem of snatched image-moments... As in subsequent

verses in the collection, this almost-comic set up, combining absurdity

with poetry, becomes – through a series of sharp authorial observations

and linguistic twists – something tragic and profound.' — Siobhan Harvey

 

Landfall Review Online is published by Otago University Press.

June 16 - 2020

'Suddenly the Moon' appears in Landfall 239, edited by Emma Neale.

 

Landfall 239 features new writing by: John Adams, Johanna Aitchison, John

Allison, Shaun Bamber, Tony Beyer, Iain Britton, Medb Charleton, Ruth Corkill,

Doc Drumheller, Mark Edgecombe, Lynley Edmeades, David Eggleton, Johanna Emeney,

Rhys Feeney, Michael Giacon, Carolyn Gillum, Patricia Grace, Eliana Gray &

Jordan Hamel, Isabel Haarhaus, Bernadette Hall, Sarah Harpur, Jenna Heller,

Stephanie Johnson, Erik Kennedy, Brent Kininmont, Megan Kitching, Claire Lacey,

Leonard Lambert, Wes Lee, Malinna Liang, Emer Lyons, Carolyn McCurdie, Cilla

McQueen, Owen Marshall, Talia Marshall, Zoë Meager, James Norcliffe, Keith

Nunes, Kōtuku Tithuia Nuttall, Vincent O’Sullivan, Leanne Radojkovich, essa may

ranapiri, Gillian Roach, Pip Robertson, Jo-Ella Sarich, Tim Saunders, Sarah

Scott, Sarah Shirley, Elizabeth Smither, Charlotte Steel, Nicola Thorstensen,

Rushi Vyas, Susan Wardell

 

'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.'

 

Landfall 239 is available in independent book shops and direct from Otago

University Press

~

June 1 - 2020

'A Letter To The Woman Masquerading As Me' appears in Abridged 0 - 19: Eris,

edited by Gregory McCartney and Susanna Galbraith, launched in Derry, Northern

Ireland.

 

'Eris is the goddess of discord, and as such she is maleficent. She deals in

jealousy, (un)spinning chaos from its loose threads. Daughter of Nix, night is

pregnant with her threat. Emerging out of the dissolution of dark times, dark’s

chaotic vagueness, she comes to play with our fears.' - Abridged

 

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

~

May 16 - 2020

'The Milestones' appears in The Same Havoc, edited by Sam Le Butt, and published

in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

The Same Havoc: The Selkie Anthology, Volume 2:

'Every type of home, from the home we make in our own bodies to the big

collective home of our planet, is at times called into question by our current

global political and civil discussions. What kind of body do we accept, do we

protect? How do we understand our relationship to and our responsibility for the

spinning space rock we live on? Having a home is serious. In the stories, poems

and non-fiction essays in the following collection we find not one fixed notion

of home, but a spinning multitude that reflects this continual movement and

change.' – Christina Neuwirth

 

Founded by Huriyah T. Quadri, Lis Mesa, Chelsea Welsh & Sonali Misra, The

Selkie aims to support and nurture voices from diverse and often marginalised

backgrounds by welcoming submissions and promoting the work of underrepresented

authors and artists.

 

Featuring new work by: Nick Askew, Lola Gaztañaga Baggen, Sofía Ballesteros,

Kirsteen Bell, Ruth Bradshaw, Sasha Saben Callaghan, Jennifer Dickinson, Luciana

Erregue-Sacchi, Mariann Evans, Jude Gray, Toonika Guha, Claire Hinchliffe,

Alexis Keir, Milagros Lasarte, Wes Lee, Quinn Lui, Melanie Maclennan, Ethel

Maqeda, Juliette F. Martin, Jan McCarthy, Becca McGilloway, Sasha R. Moghimi

-Kian, Christopher Moore, Vina Nguyen, Alice Pain, Charlotte Pain, Nathan Pascu,

Ely Percy, Charlotte Rattray, Stan Reed, Aimée Rogers, Lucy Rose, Shivani Sekar,

Judith Skillman, Susan Taylor, John Tinneny, Lydia Unsworth, Marjorie Waterman,

Alexandra Ye.

 

The Same Havoc is available as an eBook download.

~

May 16 - 2020

Heroines: An Anthology of Short Fiction & Poetry – Volume 2, reviewed by Sarah

Rose McKenzie.

 

'A young girl’s unwavering hope conquers atrocity in Wes Lee’s ‘Trapdoor’ (p92).

Horrific taboos are drawn into the light in this weighty piece, which sets up

parallels between the lives of Olive, a nurse, and Miriam, a victim of the

‘ogre’.' 

 

Heroines: An Anthology of Short Fiction & Poetry – Volume 2 can be purchased in

independent bookstores in Australia and New Zealand, or direct from Neo

Perennial Press

May 10 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Abridged 0 - 19: Eris, edited by Gregory McCartney

and Susanna Galbraith, in Derry, Northern Ireland.

  

'Abridged aims to publish and exhibit contemporary/ experimental poetry plus

contemporary art. We encourage poets/artists to investigate the articulation of

‘Abridged’ themes. These themes focus on contemporary concerns in a rapidly

changing society. We are offering an alternative and complete integration of

poetry, art and design. We experiment continually. We also stray into the

exhibition format producing contemporary, innovative and challenging work

accompanied by a free publication.'

 

Abridged 0 - 19: Eris will launch in June.

 

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

May 9 - 2020

'Praying Mantis' appears in Meniscus Vol 8: Issue 1, at the University of

Canberra, edited by Gail Pittaway and Jen Webb.

 

‘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.’

April 30 - 2020

Shortlisted for the Overton Poetry Prize 2019 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 Kerry Featherstone and Nellie Cole. The winner

will be announced in May.

April 26 - 2020

'By the Lapels' reviewed in Takahē 98 by Patricia Prime.

 

'By the Lapels is a diverse, edgy read grappling with contemporary issues

... Illuminated by sharp-eyed observation, personal insight and, most of all, a

generous sense of our shared humanity. The poems have an openness and generosity

of spirit with their precise use of language ... Wes Lee is a poet with an

artist’s painterly sensibility, a musician’s fine ear, an affinity for strangers

and their plight.' — Patricia Prime

 

Founded in Christchurch in 1989, Takahē magazine publishes short stories, poetry

and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews.

April 9 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Meniscus Vol 8: Issue 1, in Canberra, Australia.

 

‘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.’

March 26 - 2020

'By the Lapels' appears in Best New Zealand Poems 2019, edited and introduced by

Hera Lindsay Bird.

 

'ŌrongohauBest New Zealand Poems is published annually by the International

Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in Wellington, and aims to

introduce readers — especially internationally — to leading contemporary New

Zealand poets. Each year we publish 25 poems from recent literary magazines and

poetry collections, where possible including notes about and by the poet, as

well as links to related publishing and literary websites. ' — Chris Price

March 10 - 2020

'Therapy' appears in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020, guest edited

by Johanna Emeney, and published by Massey University Press.

 

Launched by Kevin Ireland on March 10 at the Devonport Library in Auckland, with

readings by essa may ranapiri, Anne Kennedy, Bob Orr, C.K. Stead, Jack Ross,

Elizabeth Morton and Tracey Slaughter.

   

The Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020 can be purchased in independent bookstores

around New Zealand, or direct from Massey University Press.

March 10 - 2020

'Body, Remember' reviewed by Elisabeth Kumar in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook

2020.

 

'In a beautifully coherent cycle of 20 poems, Lee explores the memory of

childhood trauma in its bodily immediacy. Unembarrassed, she speaks it aloud,

inhabiting the poetic space without shame ... Lee's minute-by-minute physical

reactions, the stuff that happens with breathing and muscles and skin, are never

pathologised or pitied — instead we are invited to trust in their concrete,

corporeal logic and bear witness, as the body does daily, to the terrible events

that they index.' — Elisabeth Kumar, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020

March 9 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Landfall 239, edited by Emma Neale.

 

'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.'

 

Landfall 239 will launch in May.

March 5 - 2020

'The Field' appears in Abridged 0 - 59: Persephone, edited by Gregory McCartney

and Susanna Galbraith, launched on March 5th at The GoldenThread Gallery in

Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

'Persephone’s tale churns with ambiguity. It is the myth of natural cycles, of

regeneration after death as she rejoins the living for Springtime. But it is

also the story of how violence has the capacity to change things irreparably.

Pluto’s violence is traumatising, his capture, rape and implantation. Every

year, like a ritual depression, Persephone returns to the darkness, and the

earth loses the will to live. It is a story of the environment as much as it is

a story about the power dynamic between men and women, adults and children, and

a story of adolescence: the traumatic negotiation of sexual maturity, protection

and independence, innocence, rebellion and responsibility. It is a story of the

complexity of consequence through time. With “climate crisis” the word of 2019

and #metoo cries still resounding all around in a world dominated by political

bravura, extended adolescence, awareness of trauma and fear about the future,

Persephone’s churning details continue to echo.' — Gregory McCartney and Susanna

Galbraith

 

'Abridged aims to publish and exhibit contemporary/ experimental poetry plus

contemporary art. We encourage poets/artists to investigate the articulation of

‘Abridged’ themes. These themes focus on contemporary concerns in a rapidly

changing society. We are offering an alternative and complete integration of

poetry, art and design. We experiment continually. We also stray into the

exhibition format producing contemporary, innovative and challenging work

accompanied by a free publication.'

 

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

 

Abridged 0 - 59: Persephone is available in independent bookstores in Ireland

and can be purchased direct from the Abridged website.

 

March 1 - 2020

More of Us reviewed by Renee Liang: Breathing Out, Breathing In, Landfall Review

Online, Otago University Press.

 

'There are so many arrivals, departures, longing - subjects that are expected in

a collection of migrant poetry, but still moving to read. These moments,

although specific, touch on the universal. Wes Lee writes of a moment on a beach

many of us have had:

 

but here was the wild and the wind

 

sometimes so strong it filled your mouth

 

(from 'Sand')

February 24 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Banshee an Irish literary journal published

biannually.

 

Banshee is edited by Laura Cassidy, Claire Hennessy, and Eimear Ryan, and

features short stories, flash fiction, poetry, personal essays and interviews.

 

Issue 10 will launch in September.

February 19 - 2020

'First Day Out at the Supermarket' appears in Not Very Quiet, Issue 6.

 

Not Very Quiet is an online journal for women’s poetry from Australia and

overseas. Publishing two issues per year in Spring and Autumn.

 

The theme for Issue 6 is 2020.

February 12 - 2020

Accepted for publication in Abridged, an Irish poetry and arts journal edited

by Gregory McCartney and Susanna Galbraith.

 

Abridged 0 - 59: Persephone will launch in March.

 

'Abridged aims to publish and exhibit contemporary/ experimental poetry plus

contemporary art. We encourage poets/artists to investigate the articulation of

‘Abridged’ themes. These themes focus on contemporary concerns in a rapidly

changing society. We are offering an alternative and complete integration of

poetry, art and design. We experiment continually. We also stray into the

exhibition format producing contemporary, innovative and challenging work

accompanied by a free publication.'

~

Abridged is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

February 10 - 2020

"They say we made it up" and other poems appear in Poethead an Irish online

index of women's poetry - edited by Chris Murray.

 

'Poethead is one of only two Irish publishing platforms that hosts dedicated

indices centered in women’s literary art. The site enhances the visibility and

searchability of Irish and international women poets. There are two indices on

the site dedicated to increasing the visibility of women poets: an Index of

Women Poets is devoted to women poets from many countries. While Contemporary

Irish Women Poets represents an ongoing attempt to index contemporary

women poets from Ireland.'

  

February 1 - 2020

Three poems appear in Otoliths issue fifty-six: southern summer 2020. 

 

Otoliths is a quarterly literary magazine edited by Mark Young in Queensland,

Australia.

January 14 - 2020

One Summer: Orcas in the Bay appears in The Beach Hut an online literary

journal based in the UK.

 

'An online platform for coastal themed contemporary poetry, flash fiction

and short stories. Celebrating nature & writing and its therapeutic

benefits.'

January 3 - 2020

Three poems accepted for publication in Otoliths issue fifty-six: southern

summer 2020. 

 

Otoliths is a quarterly literary magazine edited by Mark Young in Queensland,

Australia.

 

'Otolith: Any of the granules of calcium carbonate in the inner ear of

vertebrates. Movement of otoliths, caused by a change in position of the animal,

stimulates sensory hair cells, which convey the information to the brain. An ear

stone. Collectively, the otoliths are called ear sand and otoconite.'

Otoliths fifty-six will launch in February.