John Newton (b. 1959)
New New Zealand Poets in Performance (2008):
Opening the Book
Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):
2. Ferret trap
3. The chicken factory
7. Opening the book
Bio / Bibliography:
b. Blenheim, 1959. Grew up on a sheep farm at Port Underwood in the Marlborough Sounds. BA, MA University of Canterbury (MA thesis on contemporary New Zealand poetry); PhD University of Melbourne (thesis on Sylvia Plath). Taught for two years in the English Department at Melbourne, 1993-94; since 1995 in the English Department at the University of Canterbury. Lives by the beach at New Brighton with partner Sarah and highly-indulged fur family. Spends as much time as possible at a second home in Middlemarch, Central Otago. Currently occupied with a research project on James K. Baxter and Maaori.
Tales from the Angler’s Eldorado (Untold Books, 1985).
Selected periodical publications:
Landfall, Listener, Islands, Rambling Jack, Sport, Vital Writing, Poetry Australia, Mattara Prize Anthology, Republica, Verse (Glasgow).
Selected anthology publications:
The New Poetry (ed. Paul & Edmond, 1987); The Caxton Press Anthology: New Zealand Poetry 1972-86 (ed. Williams, 1987); The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Poetry (ed. Evans, McQueen & Wedde, 1989); 100 New Zealand Poems (ed. Manhire, 1993); The Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Poetry (ed. Bornholdt, O'Brien, Williams, 1997); Essential New Zealand Poems (ed. Edmond & Sewell, 2000).
Selected critical articles:
“Sherman Alexie’s Authoethnography,” Contemporary Literature 42.2 (2001), 413-28.
“The South Island Myth: A Short History,” Australian Canadian Studies 18. 1 & 2 (2000), 23-39.
“Ghost-towns and Competences: Teaching Historical Discontinuity,” English in Aotearoa 41 (2000), 21-27.
“The Typewriter in the Next Room,” Landfall 200 (2000), 141-52.
“Colonialism above the Snowline: Baughan, Ruskin and the South Island Myth,” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 34.2 (1999), 85-96.