Jane is a poet, writer and editor who lives in Wellington with her family. She has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, a Diploma in Publishing from Whitireia Polytechnic, and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Auckland.
She won the 2018 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, judged by US poet Eileen Myles. Her first poetry collection, Craven, was published in September 2019 by Victoria University Press and went on to win The Jessie Mackay Prize for a best first book of Poetry at the 2020 Ockham NZ Book Awards.
Jane is a founding editor of children’s literature website The Sapling, which won the 2018 NZ Book Industry Special Award, and she was on the judging panel for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
During her residency, our 14th for the year, Jane will work on a novel for children aged approximately eight to eleven. It features a quiet female protagonist and an unexpected friendship over the summer holidays.