Bullock, Owen

Bullock, Owen


Bay of Plenty

In Brief

Poet and teacher Owen Bullock was born and bred in Cornwall and has lived in New Zealand since 1989. Bullock has won awards for his poetry and is widely published in New Zealand and overseas. He has been an editor of several magazines, including Poetry NZ and Kokako. He has published poetry, haiku, fiction and non-fiction.


Bullock, Owen (1967 – ) is a poet and teacher.

Born and bred in Cornwall, Bullock has lived in New Zealand since 1989.

He completed an MA in English at the University of Waikato (2007) and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Canberra (2017). He works as a poet, teacher and editor.

Bullock has been a regular contributor to New Zealand journals for some years, appearing in Takahe, Sport, Landfall and brief to name a few. He has published four collections of haiku, Wild Camomile (2009), Breakfast With Epiphanies (2012), Urban Haiku (2015) and River’s Edge (2016); and three books of longer poems, Sometimes the Sky Isn’t Big Enough (2010), Semi (2017) and Work & Play (2017), as well as the novella, A Cornish Story (2010). In 2018, he contributed a chapter to the book British prose poetry: The poems without lines (Palgrave Macmillan).

He has edited several magazines, including Poetry NZ and Kokako.

Writing in Poetry NZ, Alistair Paterson describes Bullock’s work as ‘poetry that balances colloquial language and the everyday happenings and events against a juxtaposition of semiotic writing technique and existentialist philosophy.’

In The Cornish Banner, Alan M. Kent describes Bullock’s A Cornish Story as, ‘a Cornu-English masterpiece.’

In Presence (UK), reviewer Matthew Paul rates Wild Camomile, ‘a wry and entertaining debut collection,’ and Joanna Preston, writing in Kokako, finds it, ‘a well balanced, accessible, interesting haiku collection’.


Updated June 2022.