Anne Kennedy is the author of three novels, a novella, three books of poetry, and many anthologized short stories. Her most recent book is the novel, The Last Days of the National Costume (Allen and Unwin). The Darling North (Auckland University Press) won the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Award for Poetry. Sing-song (AUP) won the 2004 Montana Award for Poetry and The Time of the Giants was shortlisted for the same award in 2006. Anne has also won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award and has held fellowships at the University of Auckland and at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, where she taught Creative Writing for a number of years. She now teaches Creative Writing at Manukau Institute of Technology.

After leaving high school, Anne studied for a Bachelor of Music in Composition at Victoria University of Wellington. She later completed at MA in English at the same institution.

For many years Anne worked in the film industry as a screenwriter and script consultant. Her screen credits include Crush, with director Alison Maclean, which was shortlisted for an Australian Film Critics Award and an Australian Film Institute Award, and The Monkey’s Mask (directed by Samantha Lang), an adaptation of the verse novel by Dorothy Porter.

Anne is the 2014 Michael King Writer’s Fellows at the University of Auckland.



Anne has taught Creative Writing at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, at Massey University at Albany, and now at Manukau Institute of Technology in South Auckland. See more information about the Faculty of Creative Arts at MIT.



Anne is the co-editor with Robert Sullivan of Ika, the literary and arts journal of Manukau Institute of Technology. She is a past editor of (Trout) and has guest edited Best New Zealand Poems, JAAM, and Landfall.