Stephanie de Montalk (b. 1945)
Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance (2007):
Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):
2. Tree Marriage
3. Dog on a Mountain
4. In this Country
5. Ode to Small Things She Loved Which Moved Away
6. Common Oak, Europe
7. Northern Spring
9. Epilation of Eyelash
Bio / Bibliography:
I was born in 1945. I live in Wellington and have four adult children.
I am a registered nurse. I have also worked as a documentary film maker, video censor and warden of two university halls of residence. Until recently I was a member of the New Zealand Film and Literature Board of Review. In 2002 I convened the second semester Poetry Workshop at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University.
I was educated at the Wellington Hospital School of Nursing, and Victoria University where I was joint winner of the Prize for Original Composition in 1997 and from which I graduated in 2000 with an MA (with Distinction) in Creative Writing.
I started writing in 1997. That year I was joint winner of the Novice Writers’ Award in the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Memorial Awards.
Since then I have had short fiction published in Landfall and read on National Radio; and poetry published in numerous magazines and anthologies in New Zealand and abroad, including: Sport, Landfall, NZ Listener, Poetry NZ (featured poet issue XX), JAAM, Turbine, Southerly (Australia), London Magazine, Mutes & Earthquakes (ed. Bill Manhire) (under Miller), Spectacular Babies (ed Bill Manhire and Karen Anderson), Doors and Jewels in the Water (ed. Teny Locke), Big Weather (selected by Greg O’Brien and Louise White), Essentials of English Language 2 (Terry Locke and Mark Wilkins), Eleven Books from the Rita Angus Cottage (printed and published by Brendan O’Brien); and read on National Radio’s Nine to Noon.
In 2000 my first collection of poetry, Animals Indoors, was published by Victoria University Press. The following year it won the Jessie McKay Award for Best First Book of Poetry at the NZ Montana Book Awards.
In 2001 my memoir/biography Unquiet World: the life of Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk was published by Victoria University Press. It will be published in Poland, in Polish by Jagiellonian University Press, Cracow, in 2003. My Stout Research Seminar, ‘Superbug Rumour and Truth’ on the writing of this biography will be published in the Journal of NZ Studies, 2003.
In 2002 my second collection of poetry, The Scientific Evidence of Dr Wang was published by Victoria University Press.