Chloe Honum grew up on the North Shore of Auckland. Her first book, The Tulip-Flame (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2014), was selected by US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. The Tulip-Flame was named a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and the won Foreword Reviews Poetry Book of the Year Award and a Texas Institute of Letters Award. Chloe is also the author of a chapbook, Then Winter (Bull City Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Paris Review, Agni, and Poetry. Her awards include a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
These poems stretch across three volumes: The Tulip-Flame (2014), Then Winter (2017), and my current manuscript-in-progress, tentatively titled Birthday at a Motel 6. The subjects include longing, grief, distance, intimacy, and connection. All the poems also rely on sensory offerings of the natural world, much of which is drawn from my upbringing in beautiful Aotearoa.