Kate Camp was born in 1972 and lives in Wellington, NZ. She is a poet, prose writer and reviewer. Her first collection of poetry, Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars, won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry at the 1999 The Montana NZ Book Awards, and was highly praised by reviewers.
Kate Camp is literate yet hip, culturally attuned and funky... This poet skips easily through various fields of reference, medical, economic, anthropological, literary, pop-culture, collecting and bringing home specimens as good poets do... If her first collection is this good, what will the second be like? Cath Kenneally LANDFALL
Her poems have appeared in many magazines and journals in New Zealand and internationally including Landfall, NZ Listener, Sport, and Heat (Australia), Brick (Canada), Akzente (Germany) and Qualm (England). She was the voice of "Kate's Klassics," monthly conversations on classic literature with National Radio's Kim Hill.
Realia, Kate’s second collection of poetry, was published in July 2001 by Victoria University Press. Kate was appointed Writer in Residence at Waikato University in 2002.
Kate published her third collection, Beauty Sleep in November 2005.
The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls (2010) won the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards Best Book of Poetry category.
Kate's poetry has featured many times in the annual publication Best NZ Poems, and in the anthology The Best of Best New Zealand Poems. She was twice shortlisted for the International Prize in Modern Letters (2003, 2006). In 2011 Kate was the recipient of the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers' Residency.
Kate's fifth collection of poetry, Snow White's Coffin (2013), was written while she was in Berlin. She wrote about her time in Berlin on the VUP blog.Snow White's Coffin was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2013.