Named a Finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009 Best First Book Award
What emerges from this collection, without ever leaning on the familiar modes of confession, is a compelling self-portrait. Where other young poets might have found only feelings, Amy Brown finds images and scenes to carry the burden of disclosure. Rather than endless interiors, theres a palpable, recognisable world in the work. This is a thoughtful, mature and provocative collection.
Praise for The Propaganda Poster Girl
...an altogether impressive and distinctive debut collection of poems. Always supremely polished whenever Ive heard them aloud, Browns poems seem even more measured and certain now theyre gathered together on the page.
Amy Brown was born in 1984 and grew up in Hastings before moving to Wellington to study English literature and philosophy at Victoria University. She taught English and travelled for six months in South East Asia in 2005, and has subsequently completed an MA in creative writing, for which she won the Biggs Prize for Poetry, and a first class honours degree in English literature. She is books and creative writing editor of online arts journal The Lumière Reader, and occasional book reviewer for the NZ Listener. Her poetry has published in Sport, Turbine, Snorkel, the Listener, Landfall and Hue & Cry.