I'm happy to reveal that an agreement has been reached between Dr Tracey Slaughter, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Waikato University; Dr Jack Ross, the present managing editor of Poetry New Zealand; and Nicola Legat, head of Massey University Press, our publisher, for the future housing of the journal in the School of Arts at Waikato.
The formal announcement will be made at the launch of the latest issue, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020, MC'ed by our distinguished guest editor Dr Jo Emeney, in Devonport Public Library this evening.
Alistair Paterson, ed.: Poetry NZ 25 (September 2002)
What can I say about Tracey Slaughter? She was featured in Poetry NZ 25 in 2002, and has been a passionate supporter of the journal ever since. She is still, perhaps, better known as a fiction writer than a poet, but the publication of her first stand-alone collection, Conventional Weapons, by Victoria University Press last year, made it clear how dedicated she remains to poetry as an essential part of her writing practice.
Tracey Slaughter: Conventional Weapons (2019)
Tracey is no stranger to the challenges of running a magazine, either. She co-founded the Waikato University literary journal Mayhem in 2014, and has been editing it - with an intrepid team of collaborators including Dave Taylor, Aimee-Jane Anderson-O'Connor, essa may ranapiri, and Melody Wilkinson - ever since.
Bronwyn Lloyd: Tracey Slaughter & Jack Ross (9/5/19)
I couldn't wish for a better successor as Managing Editor of Poetry New Zealand than my good friend Tracey. I will, however, be staying on as part of the advisory board for the journal, along with A/Prof Mark Houlahan, Prof Michele Leggott, Alistair Paterson ONZM, and Prof Bryan Walpert.
For further details of how to submit work to the magazine, you can continue to check the Poetry NZ website. The only difference is that the email address firstname.lastname@example.org will now redirect to Tracey rather than to me, and the postal address for any snailmail correspondence will now be:
Dr Tracey Slaughter
School of Arts
Private Bag 3105
Jack Ross, ed.: Poetry NZ Yearbook 2017 / 2018 / 2019
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