Kiwi Poets in New York — 16.02.12

Janet Frame's poem on display in Times Square - New York City. Eight New Zealand poets at an event in New York City.

Nau mai, haere mai, ka nui nui te mihi ki a koutou katoa, nga hoa aroha o Aotearoa me nga tuhinga whiti o reira: A warm welcome to all poetry lovers and friends of New Zealand - 8 New Zealand poets at an event in New York City. 

For two years Jim Wilson travelled to cities and towns throughout the USA and put poem posters by Kiwi poets on poles, walls and in cafes and stores. 

Then a dedicated group of volunteers also put these poem posters up in cities around the world from London, Glasgow, Paris and Vienna through to Sydney, Australia. 

Back home in New Zealand, Wilson's company Phantom Billstickers Ltd has put up thousands of Kiwi poems on walls and poster bollards from Invercargill to Whangarei. 

The Phantom Billstickers Poems on Posters initiative has attracted much interest and attention from radio stations, newspaper columns, and blogs, but more importantly (much more importantly) the poems themselves have been read on the streets. The poems on posters capture the interest of the passer-by and this is what makes all the difference.


The first in a series of international performance poetry events in the Poems on Posters Project

Brought to you by Phantom Billstickers Ltd with support from the Arts Council New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and Saatchi & Saatchi.

February 28, 2012 from  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saatchi & Saatchi 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY  10014

This cultural event is free and open to the public; however, a reservation will ensure your space.

The Poets From New Zealand to Perform in New York on February 28, 2012 are:

Jeffrey Paparoa Holman / David Eggleton / Hinemoana Baker / Sandra Bel/Jay Clarkson / Pamela Gordon (reading Janet Frame) / Otis Mace / Tusiata Avia

Many other Kiwi poets have lent their voice to this project since its inception in 2009.  Several prominent American poets have also participated.

Two American Poets Making a Special Guest Appearance at this Event are:

Gerald Stern (National Book Award winner) andJeffrey McCaleb (The Bard of Cookeville, Tennessee).

Poets from New Zealand and the United States who have had their work featured on poem posters as a part of this project include:  Aroha Harris, Becky Woodall, Ben Brown, Bernadette Hall, Bill Direen, Bill Manhire, Brett Lupton, Brian Turner, Campbell McKay, Chris Price, Chris Knox, David Eggleton, Dylan Kemp, Elizabeth Smither, Frankie McMillan, Gary Langford, Gary McCormick, Geoff Cochrane, Gerald Stern, Hilaire Campbell, Hinemoana Baker, Hone Tuwhare, Jackie Steincamp, James K Baxter, James Milne (aka Lawrence Arabia), Janet Frame, Jay Clarkson, Jeffery McCaleb, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Jody Lloyd, Joe Treceno, Jordan Luck, Josie McQuail, Keri Hulme, Laurence Arabia, Marcie Sims, Marty Smith, Michael White, Michele Leggott, Nicholas Thomas, Otis Mace, Pablo Nova, Patrick Connors, Rhian Gallagher, Robert Creeley, Robert Pinsky, Roger Hickin, Sam Hunt, Sandra Bell, Selina Marsh, Serie Barford, Sonja Yelich, Stephen Oliver and Tusiata Avia

Read about the Phantom Billstickers Poem s on Posters project as well as Jim Wilson's articles on postering in cities across the US.