Elizabeth (Libby) Kirkby-McLeod is a New Zealand author whose poetry and writing have appeared in a range of New Zealand journals, online publications, and in the public art installation, In Our Words in downtown Auckland. Her work has featured most recently in More Favourable Waters: Aotearoa poets respond to Dante’s Purgatory.

Her first poetry collection Family Instructions Upon Release was published in November 2019 with The Cuba Press. It’s first print-run quickly sold out and the collection has been praised by reviewers in The New Zealand Herald and Radio New Zealand National.

Elizabeth was long-listed for the 2008 Six Pack 3 authors anthology and her poem ‘Her Warning Signs’ was Highly Commended in the 2018 International Poetry Competition.

She has a children’s book World Folk Tales, published in 2021 with Gilt Edge Publishing.

Elizabeth is an active member of the NZSA and produces the NZSA Oral History Podcast series.

Elizabeth has a First Class Master of Creative Writing from AUT, where she was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Study.

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