Janis Freegard is a New Zealand writer of fiction and poetry. She was born in South Shields, England, and spent part of her childhood in South Africa and Australia before her family settled in New Zealand when she was 12. Her latest publications are a novel ‘The Year of Falling’ (Makaro Press) and a poetry collection ‘The Glass Rooster’ (Auckland University Press), both published in May 2015.
She is also a co-author of AUP New Poets 3 (2008), and author of a full-length poetry collection, Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus (Auckland University Press, 2011) and a poetry chapbook The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider (Anomalous Press (US), 2013). Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe Books), the New Zealand Listener, 100 Short Short Stories New Zealand 4 and Essential Poems of New Zealand (see the Bibliography section of the blog for a full list of publications). She is a past winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award.
Janis has degrees in science and public management and won the Prime Minister’s Award for Public Management in 2014. She lives in Wellington with an historian and a cat and works in the state sector.
You can read one of her short stories here:
and some of her poems here: