Gregory O’Brien is a poet, anthologist, art writer and painter. Born in Matamata in 1961, he trained as a journalist in Auckland and worked as a newspaper reporter in Northland before returning to study art history and English at Auckland University.
He divides his time between the literary and visual arts and lives in Wellington with his family.
Gregory published a collection of essays and autobiography, News of the Swimmer Reaches Shore which was released in February 2007. He has written many collections of poetry, including Winter I Was published by Victoria University Press in 1999 and most recently, Afternoon of An Evening Train published in July 2005. In 2002 he published a collection of essays, criticism and memoir called After Bathing at Baxter’s. (VUP)
aberhart a sumptuous survey of one of New Zealand's most important photographers published by VUP in May 2007 has an essay by Gregory called "the Horizon Room". Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Justin Paton also contributes an essay entitled "Living Proof". The accompanying exhibition at City Gallery Wellington was curated by Gregory, working closely with Laurence Aberhart and Justin Paton.
In 2004 Gregory edited Rosalie Gascoigne Plain Air (VUP and City Gallery Wellington co-publication). He co-edited Parihaka: The Art of Passive Resistance (VUP 2001) with Te Miringa Hohaia and Lara Strongman which was joint winnerof the History & Biography category in the 2001 The Montana NZ Book Awards. He has also published a study of contemporary New Zealand painters Lands and Deeds (1996) and also a book entitled Hotere-Out The Black Window in 1997. He has, with his wife poet Jenny Bornholdt, edited a collection of New Zealand love poetry My Heart Goes Swimming(1996) and they, with Mark Williams, edited An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English (1997) which won the 1997 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.