James Brown’s four poetry collections are Go Round Power Please (winner of the Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry Award), Lemon, Favourite Monsters and The Year of the Bicycle, all published by Victoria University Press. He is a former editor of the literary magazine Sport and, in 2005, edited The Nature of Things: Poems from the New Zealand Landscape (Craig Potton Publishing). He is also the author behind the mysterious non-fiction work Instructions for Poetry Readings (Braunias University Press).

His first two collections were shortlisted in the 2002 Prize in Modern Letters and he has been a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards three times. He held the 1994 Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary, a 2000 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship and was Writer in Residence at Canterbury University in 2001 and at Victoria University in 2004. He lives in Wellington with his partner and two children.


Victoria University Press author page
New Zealand Book Council writer file
Turbine 08: My Address and The No Poem
Turbine 04: James Brown interviewed
New Zealand Listener
, 10–16 January 2009: Closer
Listener, 26 January–1 February 2008: How I Write My Love Poems
Listener, 19–25 January 2008: New Year
Turbine 04: Cork Oak Day
Turbine 03: I Come from Palmerston North
James Brown on Jenny Bornholdt
James Brown’s Top Ten NZ Poetry Books
James Brown: Blogs and Americans
James Brown & Hinemoana Baker video conference
Best New Zealand Poems 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre: lots of early poems, mostly from Sport
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre: Out of Eden
Trout 11: Fully Nowhere
Alan Brunton tribute: Island Bay
James Brown on youtube

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