Hera Lindsay Bird has a MA in poetry from Victoria University of Wellington, where she won the 2011 Adam Prize. Her work has been published by The Toast, The Hairpin, Sport, Hue & Cry, The Spinoff, The New Zealand Listener and Best New Zealand Poems. In 2017, she won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry and the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize. She is currently living in Wellington.
Frank and outrageous ... it has made me, like many others, more excited about poetry than I have been in a long time * Guardian * Full of outrageous guilty pleasures. She writes with the cheek of Frank O'Hara * Telegraph * Funny, clever and deadpan and kept me hanging on every line ... Her writing has a freshness and straightforwardness that strides confidently off the page -- Jon McGregor * Observer * The deadpan comic bravado of the New Zealand poet Hera Lindsay Bird looks literary decorum in the eye and dares it to blush -- Jeremy Noel-Tod * Sunday Times * A literary phenomenon ... goofy, funny and tender, her energy and sensitivity will captivate * Elle * Without doubt the most arresting and original new young poet, on the page and in performance -- Carol Ann Duffy