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 publication is a poetry collection, Reading the Signs (The Cuba Press, 2020). Her novel, The Year of Falling, was published by Makaro Press in 2015.

          Year of falling small

She is also a co-author of AUP New Poets 3 (2008), and author of  poetry collections, Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus (Auckland University Press, 2011), The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider (Anomalous Press (US), 2013) and The Glass Rooster (Auckland University Press, 2015).  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 won the Open Book/Geometry Poetry Prize in 2019, held the Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship in 2014 and 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.

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painting by Mary McIntyre


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You can read one of her short stories here:


and some of her poems here:

Best NZ Poems


here: http://www.blackmailpress.com/JFgard13.html

here: http://www.poetrynz.net/archives/issue-27/#poem2

and here: http://nzpoetsonline.homestead.com/JF25.html

More about Janis on the NZ Book Council site , Wikipedia and the Academy of NZ Literature site