Vincent O’Sullivan was born in Auckland in 1937 and is one of New Zealand’s leading writers. He is the author of the novels Let the River Stand, which won the 1994 The Montana NZ Book Awards, and Believers to the Bright Coast, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Tasmania Pacific Region Prize. His most recent novel is All This by Chance (2018). Vincent has also written many plays and collections of short stories and poems, and his poetry collection Us, Then won the poetry category of the 2014 NZ Post Book Awards. He has a well-earned reputation as a thoughtful and incisive editor and critic and was joint editor of the five-volume Letters of Katherine Mansfield, and has edited a number of major anthologies. He wrote a biography of John Mulgan, Long Journey to the Border.
Vincent O’Sullivan has been awarded a series of writer’s residencies and research fellowships at Australasian universities. In 1994 he was the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France. He was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2000 Queens Birthday Honours and was the New Zealand poet laureate 2013–2015. He lives in Dunedin.