Massey PhD student wins 2017 The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems

Janet Newman is the 2017 winner of The Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems, given by the International Writers Workshop, for her sequence Tender. The $1000 prize was judged by Auckland poet Robert Sullivan. Tender is a seven poem sequence about Janet’s father, Doug Newman (1919-2008). Janet, a runner-up in the prize in 2014, has a Masters of Creative Writing through the School of English & Media Studies at Massey University and is presently a PhD student at Massey, where she is exploring New Zealand’s long history of environmentally-oriented poetry and writing a collection of original ecopoems.

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