Chris Price’s Biography

Poet, Editor, Educator
Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship 2011

Chris Price is a Poet, Editor and Educator – she currently teaches creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. Price's poetic prose is a major factor in luring the reader into engaging with all aspects of the lives described in ways that intrigue and enlighten.

Price was born in Reading, England and immigrated to Aotearoa in 1966 where she attended the University of Auckland, completing an MA in languages and Literature with First Class Honours in 1986. Later, in 1998, she attended Victoria University of Wellington where she completed an MA in Creative Writing.

Chris Price has long been known for her contributions to literary life in New Zealand. She worked as an editor for Reed Publishing, from 1989 until 1993 when she became the editor of Landfall. Price edited Landfall until 2000, co-editing her final issue, Landfall 2000, with Justin Paton.

From 1992-2004, Price was the coordinator of the hugely successful Writers and Readers programme in the New Zealand International Arts Festival, now known as the New Zealand Festival. In 2002, her first collection of poetry, Husk, was published and won that years New Zealand Society of Authors Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, now known as the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

In June 2004, Price took up a halftime lectureship in creative writing at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). In 2005-2006 she was one of ten writers who collaborated with New Zealand physicists to produce the anthology Are Angels OK? The Parallel Universes of New Zealand Writers and Scientists (Victoria University Press, 2006).

In 2006, Brief Lives was published Auckland University Press, an eccentric biographical dictionary that samples the lives of both real and fictional characters in a singular hybrid of fiction, anecdote, and essay. It was shortlisted for the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards in the biography category.

In 2008 Chris Price was an Auckland University Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers’ Centre. Since 2009 she has been co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. She was the 2011 recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship.

In 2012, Price was among three New Zealand and three German poets who participated in the Transit of Venus Poetry Exchange, which culminated in a performance at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, and a bilingual book, Transit of Venus / Venustransit (Victoria University Press, 2016).

‘Beside Herself’ (2016, Auckland University Press) provides a collection of riddling poems which plays with character, language, and the way they interrelate. Beside Herself was longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.