LOUISE WALLACE grew up in Gisborne, and has since spent a significant amount of time living in Wellington. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington, and was awarded the Biggs Prize for Poetry in 2008. Her poems have been published in literary journals including Akzente (Germany), Landfall, Meanjin (Australia), and Sport, and anthologized in The Best of Best New Zealand Poems (VUP: 2011) and Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page (Random House: 2014). Her first collection, Since June, was published in 2009, her second, Enough, in 2013. She is the Robert Burns Fellow for 2015 at the University of Otago, Dunedin.
Louise Wallace can start a poem in the “real” world, then take it off to somewhere else entirely. She’s not afraid of “odd” and she has this great weird syntax which can really disrupt a poem and change all that’s gone before.