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Louise Wallace (writer)

Louise Wallace (born 1983) is a New Zealand poet.

Louise Wallace
Born1983 (age 35–36)
Gisborne, Gisborne District, New Zealand
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington


Wallace was born in Gisborne in 1983.[1] She received a BA from Victoria University of Wellington in 2004 and an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters (Victoria University of Wellington) in 2008.[2]


Wallace's writing explores family stories and relationships, travel, and music.[2]

Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Akzente, Landfall, Meanjin, Snorkel, Sport, and Turbine. Her work has also been published in the Best New Zealand Poems series (2009 and 2011) and Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page (2014).[2]

Collected works of poems by Wallace include:

  • Since June (Victoria University Press, 2009)
  • Enough (Victoria University Press, 2013)
  • Bad Things (Victoria University Press, 2017)

Wallace is the founder and editor of Starling, a literary journal showcasing young New Zealand writers.[3]

Wallace has taught creative writing at Massey University and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.[4]


In 2015 she received the Robert Burns Fellowship, a literary residency with the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.[4] While at Victoria University of Wellington, she was awarded the Biggs Prize for Poetry .[5]


  1. ^ "Louise Wallace". The Spinoff. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Louise Wallace". New Zealand Book Council. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Who we are". Starling. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "The Robert Burns Fellowship". Otago Fellows, University of Otago, New Zealand. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Collection of poetic biographies wins the Biggs Family Prize". Victoria University of Wellington. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2017.

Further readingEdit

Interviews with Louise Wallace on Radio NZ discussing Enough and Since June