National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a New Zealand-wide celebration of poetry.

All information about Phantom Billstickers' National Poetry Day is now available on this site: . Their Facebook site is here.

If you have any questions about National Poetry Day, please contact National Poetry Day Co-ordinator Miriam Barr at

New partnership powers up National Poetry Day

In its 19th year, National Poetry Day — the biggest nationwide poetry event of the year —will be boosted by the partnership between the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and Phantom Billstickers, with a sponsorship agreement announced today.

New site for National Poetry Day

The highly popular and eclectic National Poetry Day will be staged for its 18th year on 28 August 2015. A varied programme of events around the country will celebrate poetry in its many forms and engage with writers and readers at all levels.

Please note that due to National Poetry Day no longer being part of the New Zealand Book Awards, we have set up a new blog on which you can find everything you need to know about National Poetry Day 2015. This blog can be found here: 


Announcing our new National Poetry Day Coordinator Miriam Barr

We are excited to announce Miriam Barr will be the National Poetry Day Coordinator for 2014.

Miriam Barr is an Auckland-based poet from the Far North with a background in psychology and community development.

Her poems have been published in Landfall, Takahe, Brief, Poetry NZ, JAAM, 4th Floor, Blackmail Press, Enamel, Wild Goose Poetry Review (USA), Potroast and REM Magazine. She has been a Poetry Idol slam champion (2007), creative director of The Literatti, a Poetry Live coordinator and editor of Side Stream, a bi-monthly poetry zine that was distributed for free in unexpected places by a network of poets from Kaitaia to Berlin.