Elizabeth (Libby) Kirkby-McLeod is an Auckland author whose poetry and writing have appeared in a range of New Zealand publications, including takahe, Landfall, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, Newsroom, and the NZPS 2018 anthology The Unnecessary Invention of Punctuation. She 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.

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.

She has a children’s book forthcoming with Gilt Edge Publishing.

Elizabeth also reviews poetry, is an active member of the NZSA Auckland branch 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.