Helen Heath’s debut collection of poetry Graft was published in May 2012 to critical acclaim. Graft won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book for Poetry award in 2013 and was the first book of fiction or poetry to be shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize, also in 2013. Helen recently completed her PhD in creative writing at the IIML and now teaches Whitireia’s publishing programme. Her next collection of poems about the intersect between people, animals and technology, Are Friends Electric?, is forthcoming from VUP in 2018.
Helen Heath's poems are more than usually aware of the exits and entrances that shape us: they shuttle between past and present, shroud and wedding gown, the lives we lead and the lives we aspire to. Sometimes they do their digging in tough or broken terrain, but they are always alert for points of continuity, connection, and wholeness. - Bill Manhire