Livesey, Anna

Livesey, Anna


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In Brief

Anna Livesey is a poet and short story writer. Her first collection of poems, Napier, appeared in 2002, followed by Good Luck in 2003. Her writing has featured in a wide range of journals, in print and online. In 2003 she had a poem selected for Best New Zealand Poems. Livesey has been the recipient of awards, including the MacMillan Brown Prize (2000 and 2002), the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Novice Category Award (2003), and the Schaeffer Fellowship, also in 2003.


Livesey, Anna (1979 - ) is a poet and short story writer.

Livesey was born and raised in Wellington. She studied at Victoria University of Wellington, where in 2002 she completed an MA in Creative Writing.

Livesey’s first collection of poems, Napier (Pemmican Press), was published in 2002, and was followed in 2003 by Good Luck (VUP). In the NZ Listener, Peter Bland wrote, in reference to the Napier poem; ‘Livesey's most original talent – and its a considerable one – is in organising the fabric of the longer documentary-type poem.’ He went on to say, ‘She has a real talent for the imaginative treatment of found material’.

Livesey’s work has been published in Sport, Landfall, Takahē, Turbine, Poetry New Zealand and Australian Journal of Canadian Studies. In 2003 she had a poem selected for Best New Zealand Poems.

Livesey’s awards include the MacMillan Brown Prize, which she won in both 2000 and 2002. She won the novice category of the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Awards in 2003. She was, in the same year, the recipient of the Glen Schaeffer Fellowship, which enabled her to spend a year studying at the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Livesey edited a collection of poetry called Enormous Picture in 2004 for Victoria University Press.

In 2010, Livesey published Moonmen (VUP), described by fellow poet Saradha Koirala as 'satisfyingly personal and reflective.' (

Anna Livesey currently lives in Wellington.


Updated January 2017.