Andrew Johnston won the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for poetry. After 25 years as a journalist, he is now an editor and consultant for the United Nations and NGOs, based in France. He was born in Upper Hutt in 1963.
All week this week the Spinoff Review of Books is devoted to poetry in the build-up to the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday. Yesterday we ran an essay by Helen Hogan, editor of 1970s anthologies of poetry by New Zealand college students; today, an essay by distinguished poet Andrew Johnston, who Hogan published when he was a 14-year-old schoolboy in the Hutt Valley.