Richard von Sturmer (b. 1957)
Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance (2007):
Aotearoa NZ Poetry Sound Archive (2004):
1. Brazilian trilogy: Um Velho Baiano
2. Do Violeta Ao Vermelho
3. Almas Que Amalgamas
4. Chapin Mill Poems [1-3]
5. Beating the Drum
6. Frank Sinatra’s Hat
8. South of Taupo:
9. Barrier Crossings [1-9]
12 Taonga from the AoNZPSA (nzepc, 2004):
Richard von Sturmer was born in Devonport, on Auckland’s North Shore, and educated at Westlake Boys High School and Auckland University. In 1992 he left New Zealand to undertake ten years of Zen training at the Rochester Zen Center, a Buddhist Community in upstate New York. In 2003 he returned to live and work in Auckland.
1976 Writes script for David Blythe's first film, Circadian Rhythms.
1978-80 Songwriter for several NZ music groups: “The Plague”, “Blam Blam Blam”, and “Avant Garage”.
1979-80 Writes scripts and performs with cabaret group “Inside Information”.
1980 Writes first play, The Green Lion, performed at 100m2 in Auckland.
1982-86 Writes performance pieces and with Charlotte Wrightson works as The Humanimals, touring New Zealand and Australia during this period
1986 Writes second play, The Search For Otto, staged in the Auckland School of Architecture's design theatre.
1987-88 Writes first book, We Xerox Your Zebras, a collection of prose-poems.
1989-91 Writes second book of poetic stories, A Network of Dissolving Threads.
1998 Collaborates with photographer Joseph Sorrentino on a third book, Images From The Center, writing seven essays on Zen Practice.
1993-2002 Works as editor of Zen Bow, the Rochester Zen Center’s quarterly publication.
2003 Receives the brief Writer’s Award for a two month writer-in-residency on Great Barrier Island.
We Xerox Your Zebras, Modern House, 1988
A Network of Dissolving Threads, Auckland University Press, 1991
Images From The Center, Rochester Zen Center, 1998
Moments of Invention: Portraits of 21 NZ Writers, by Gregory O'Brien
New Zealand Haiku Anthology (NZ Poetry Society, 1993)
Dangerous Landscapes: An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry, compiled by Rangi Faith
Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac, edited by William Higginson
An Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, edited by Bornholdt, O’Brien & Williams
We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are: Collection of NZ Comic Verse, edited by Harry Ricketts and Hugh Roberts
The Second New Zealand Haiku Anthology (NZ Poetry Society, 1998)
Up Against the Window: American Haibun & Haiga, edited by Jim Kacian
The Leaves Are Back on the Tree: International Haiku Anthology, edited by Zoe Saverna
Bits of Itself: Haiku Society of America 2002 Anthology, edited by Jerry Ball & Wendy Wright