Mark Pirie was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1974. He is a
New Zealand poet, fiction writer, literary critic,
publisher, editor and anthologist.
His poems have been published in India, New Zealand, Australia,
Croatia, the US, Canada, Singapore, Iraq, China, Thailand,
Germany, and the UK. In 1998 Otago University Press published his
anthology of 'Generation X' New Zealand writing, The NeXt
In 1999 he wrote an MA thesis on the New Zealand poet and editor
Louis Johnson at the University of Otago.
He was managing editor of, and co-edited, JAAM literary
journal (New Zealand) from 1995-2005, and is the
current managing editor of HeadworX Publishers, and the
editor of broadsheet: new new zealand poetry. In 2003,
Salt Publishing, Cambridge, England, published his new and selected
poems, Gallery: A Selection.
From 2003-2004 he helped co-organise the Wellington
International Poetry Festival, with Ron Riddell and Saray Torres.
HeadworX published the first two anthologies of the festival. From
2003-2008 he co-organised the popular Winter Readings poetry series
in Wellington with Michael O'Leary.
Recently he co-edited (with Tim Jones) the prize-winning
anthology of New Zealand Science Fiction poetry, Voyagers
(Interactive Publications, Brisbane, 2009), and edited an anthology
of railway poems, Rail Poems of New Zealand Aotearoa
(Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa, 2010) and a
cricket poetry anthology 'A Tingling Catch': A Century of New
Zealand Cricket Poems 1864-2009 (HeadworX, 2010), with a
foreword by Don Neely.
He helped co-organise the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa
(PANZA) in 2010.
Photo of Mark Pirie above by John Girdlestone, copyright