Murray Edmond

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“The items transcend their occasions, and now, carefully selected, coalesce into a stimulating cultural record.”
Denis Harold, Landfall
“a splendid feat of self-curating, making a verbal museum of his critical writings … the textual equivalent of a visual artist’s retrospective … consistently provocative and engaging.” Mark Houlahan, JNZL
“As always, Edmond’s clarity is admirable.” Nicholas Reid, Reid’s Reader
Murray Edmond has recently retired from his position as Associate Professor in Drama at the University of Auckland where he taught for twenty-nine years. He has published fourteen collections of poetry and has twice been a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards. He co-edited the influential anthology Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960-1975 (AUP, 2000), and is the editor of the peer-reviewed, online journal of poetics Ka Mate Ka Ora. Edmond’s critical writing has appeared in a wide range of journals both nationally and internationally, his study on the intersection of Eastern Noh theatre and Western poetry and theatre Noh Business was published by Atelos Press (Berkeley, California) in 2005. Edmond has worked has an actor, writer and director for numerous theatre companies including Mercury Theatre and Town and Country Players.
Edmond has two books scheduled for release in 2015: Shaggy Magpie Songs from AUP and Strait Men and Other Tales a book of stories from Steele Roberts.