This years award goes to a poet who has been around the poetry scene since the 1960s and was one of the first of the new breed of performance poets along with people such as James K. Baxter, Hone Tuwhare, Bill Mnahire, David Mitchell and many others who brought poetry off the page and on to the stage in the 1970s.
Barry Southam's latest book Portrait Poems, published by ESAW, is now out. $20
He is the author of four books of poems and stories, as well as a number of radio and stage plays that have been produced locally and internationally.
"...writes with humour and insight" Harvey McQueen, Bravado
"...a shrewd, ironic and compassionate observer of the human comedy" P.Simpson, The Press
"...total impact in the literary and social sense is powerful" T.Beyer, Landfall
"...a warmth of humanity spreads throughout" W.D.Leadbetter, NZ Herald
"...profound comment on human relationships and character" J. Ghent, Auckland Star
"...an acute observer of our absurdities" T. Jackson, NZ Listener
Previous ESAW Poetry Prize Winners
2010 Robin Fry
2009 Jill Chan
2008 Will Leadbeater
2007 Evelyn Conlon
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