Hera Lindsay Bird

Hera Lindsay Bird (born 1987) is a poet who lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Hera Lindsay Bird
Hera Lindsay Bird at WORD Christchurch 2018
Hera Lindsay Bird at WORD Christchurch 2018
Thames, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand

Life and careerEdit

Hera Lindsay Bird was born and raised in Thames on the North Island of New Zealand. She attended Victoria University of Wellington and then received her Master's degree in poetry from its International Institute of Modern Letters.[1] Her first collection of poetry, the self-titled Hera Lindsay Bird, was published by Victoria University Press in 2016 and Penguin UK in 2017[2] and won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.[3][4]

Bird first gained popularity when her poem "Keats Is Dead So Fuck Me From Behind" went viral in the summer of 2016.[5] She and her work have since been profiled in VICE, I-D, and The Guardian.[6][7][8]

In 2018 Bird's work was selected by British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to be published by Smith/Doorstop Books as part of their Laureate's Choice series. The published collection was called Pamper Me to Hell & Back.[9]



  • Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press, 2016)
  • Pamper Me to Hell & Back: Laureate's Choice 2018 (Smith/Doorstop Books, 2018) ISBN 9781910367841


  1. ^ Monk, Felicity (29 July 2016). "The fearless poetry of Hera Lindsay Bird". Stuff Sunday Magazine. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Call Me". Hera Lindsay Bird. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. ^ The Listener (16 May 2017). "Winners announced for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017". Noted. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Victoria University Press dominates literary awards". Victoria University of Wellington. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. ^ Cosslett, Rhiannon Lucy (28 July 2016). "Poetic justice: the rise of brilliant women writing in dark times". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  6. ^ Ewens, Hannah (22 August 2016). "An Interview with Viral Poet Hera Lindsay Bird". Vice. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  7. ^ Syfret, Wendy (24 August 2016). "90s sitcoms, rough sex, and lorde as a fan: meet new zealand poet hera lindsay bird". i-D. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  8. ^ Roy, Eleanor Ainge (5 September 2016). "Hera Lindsay Bird: I prefer poetry that allows room for ugliness and error". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  9. ^ Grills, Eloise (16 March 2018). "'Public Displays of Affection: A Review of Hera Lindsay Bird's "Pamper Me To Hell & Back"', by Eloise Grills". The Lifted Brow. Retrieved 14 April 2020.

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