Vivienne Plumb graduated from Victoria Universityof Wellington, with a B.A. in English and Art History (1997) and an M.A. in Creative Writing (2001). She then completed a doctoral thesis at the University of Wollongong, Australia (2013). Her thesis focuses on time, and public and personal space in relation to hitchhiking.
She writes fiction, poetry and drama, and has published over fifteen books including her novella The Diary as a Positive in Female Adult Behaviour (to be republished during 2016), the script of her play, The Cape (published in Poland, AdiT 2013), her recent short story collection The Glove Box(2014, Australia), and a number of poetry chapbooks and collections such as Nefarious (2004), and The Cheese and Onion Sandwich and Other New Zealand Icons (2011). In 2013 she edited (with Michelanne Forster) a non-fiction text, Twenty New Zealand Playwrights.
She has received numerous awards including the Hubert Church Prose Award, the Bruce Mason Playwrighting Award, the Sargeson Fellowship, a University of Iowa writing residency, and a Varuna writing residency in Sydney. Her new play, The Property Developer, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Adam Playwrighting Award.
A joint collection of Viviennes’s fiction, poetry and drama, and of the Auckland artist Glenn Otto’s images, is to be published during 2016 by the Auckland-based split/fountain publishing.