Murray Edmond (b. 1949)
Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance (2007):
Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):
2. Gone Dogs
3. The Ballad of the Eighth Day of the Week
4. Elegy for Mama
5. Venice Unrevisited
6. The Ballad of the Penguin
7. The Cold War
8. Ballad of Child Rearing
9. Pass the Past
11. Sleeping Rabbit
15. Starfish Streets
Born Hamilton 1949.
Educated at the University of Auckland (1968 – 1971) where edited 2 issues of The Word is Freed and worked as Literary Editor for Craccum, the student newspaper.
In the 1970s and 1980s worked as an actor, writer and director for various companies – the Living Theatre Troupe, Beggar’s Bag Theatre, Theatre Action, The Half Moon Theatre (London), Town and Country Players and the Mercury Theatre.
Had extensive involvement in the 1980s and 1990s in Playmarket’s Playwrights Workshops as an actor, director and dramaturge as well as a member of the organising committees.
Dramaturgy includes David Geary’s Lovelock’s Dream Run, Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis’s Krishnan’s Dairy, The Candlestickmaker, and The Pickle King, Toa Fraser’s No 2 and Paradise, and Witi Ihimaera’s Woman Far Walking.
Author of 9 books of poetry and editor of 3 anthologies. The most recent of these are, respectively, A Piece of Work (Hawai’i: Tinfish P, 2002) and Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960 – 1975 (Auckland: Auckland UP, 2000) with Alan Brunton and Michele Leggott.
Doctoral thesis was a history of New Zealand experimental theatre from 1962 to 1982 entitled Old Comrades of the Future.
Presently teaches drama, theatre and poetry in the English Department at the University of Auckland.
A Piece of Work. Hawai’i: Tinfish P, 2002. A book-length poem.
Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960 – 1975. Ed. with Alan Brunton and Michele Leggott. With introductory essay, "Poetics of the Impossible." Auckland: Auckland UP, 2000.
Laminations . Poems. Auckland: Auckland UP, 2000.
Names Manes. Poems: Artist's Chapbook with Anna Miles, 1996.
The Switch. A book-length poem. Auckland UP, 1994.
Australia New Zealand Anthology of Poetry. Ed. Chang Hua. NZ section ed. Murray Edmond; Aust. section ed. John Tranter. Peking, 1993.
From The Word Go. Poems. Auckland UP, 1992.
The New Poets: Initiatives in New Zealand Poetry. Anthology. Ed. with Mary Paul. Wellington: Port Nicholson Press, 1987.
Letters and Paragraphs. Poems. Christchurch: Caxton, 1987.
End Wall. Poems. Auckland: Oxford, 1981.
Patchwork. Poem sequence. Day's Bay: Hawk Press, 1978.
Entering the Eye. Poems. Dunedin: Caveman, 1973.