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Paula Green

Dr Paula Green is a poet, children’s author, anthologist, blogger, reviewer and book-award judge. She lives in Bethells Valley, West Auckland, with her partner, artist Michael Hight. She is the author of nine poetry collections, including several for children. She teaches creative writing at all levels, and runs two blogs, NZ Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf. She was the 2008 judge of the New Zealand Post Secondary School Poetry Competition.
Paula published her debut collection ‘Cookhouse’ in 1997 and has since published six further volumes. She has edited the collections ‘Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems’ and ‘A Treasury of New Zealand Poetry for Children’. She edited the 2007 edition of ‘Best New Zealand Poems’ and co-authored ’99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry’. She has had a parallel literary career as a children’s writer since 2006 and has published five books for children including the award-winning ‘Letterbox Cat and Other Poems’. She organised the Alba Poetry Readings in the early 1990s, curated Auckland City Council’s Poetry on the Pavement event in 2005 and provided text for the poetry and painting exhibition ‘The Northern Line’ as part of the Going West Literary Festival. Dr Green runs two New Zealand poetry blogs for adults and children, visits schools at all levels, judged the 2008 New Zealand Post Secondary Poetry Competition and has been a featured poet at various national literary festivals.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Letter Box Cat and Other Poems illustrated by Myles Lawford (Scholastic, 2015)
  • A Treasury of NZ Poetry for Children illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Random House, 2014)
  • Aunt Concertina and Her Niece Evalina illustrated by Michael Hight (Random House 2009)
  • Macaroni Moon illustrated by Sarah Laing (Random House 2009).
  • Flamingo Bendalingo: Poems from the Zoo illustrated by Chris Grosz (Random House 2008).with 50 New Zealand school children, illustrated by Michael Hight (Auckland University Press 2006).
  • The Terrible Night
  • MNZM in New Year's Honours list 2017
  • Finalist in LIANZA Awards 2015 for
    The Letter Box Cat and Other Poems
  • Children’s Choice Award, New Zealand Book Awards 2015 for The Letter Box Cat and Other Poems
  • University of Auckland Literary Fellowship 2005.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards for: Flamingo Bendalingo, Aunt Concertina and Her Niece Evalina, A Treasury of NZ Poetry for Children, and The Letter Box Cat and Other Poems


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