Vivienne Plumb was born in Sydney in 1955 of Australian and New Zealand parents. She came to New Zealand in 1974, and after working as an actor for many years, in 1990 she was accepted for Bill Manhire’s undergraduate creative writing course at Victoria University, Wellington. Her first publication (short fiction) The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep was awarded the Hubert Church Best First Book Award (prose). Her publications include two collections of short fiction, a novel, a novella, a book of non-fiction, four playscripts, seven collections of poetry, and most recently, a new collection of work As Much Gold as an Ass Could Carry (2017). Vivienne has held many residencies including the University of Auckland / Michael King Writers’ Centre fellowship (2017); and has been the recipient of a Sargeson Fellowship, the Bruce Mason Playwrighting Award, an Australian Postgraduate Research Award, and a Goethe Institut Language Scholarship. She holds a BA and MA (Victoria University of Wellington), and a Doctor of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong, Australia.
These poems come from my collections Avalanche (Pemmican press 2000), Nefarious (Headworx 2004), Salamanca (Headworx 2008), Crumple (Seraph Press 2010) and As Much Gold as an Ass Could Carry (splitfountain 2017).