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James Brown's five poetry collections – Go Round Power Please (winner of the Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry Award), Lemon, Favourite Monsters, The Year of the Bicycle and, most recently, Warm Auditorium (2012) – are all published by Victoria University Press.
His poetry is widely anthologised, including in several Best New Zealand Poems. James is also a former editor of the literary magazine Sport, the author behind the non-fiction booklet Instructions for Poetry Readings (Braunias University Press), editor of The Nature of Things: Poems from the New Zealand Landscape (Craig Potton Publishing, 2005) and of Best New Zealand Poems 2008.
In 2014, he wrote three early reader books (My New Zealand ABC Book, My New Zealand Colours Book, and My New Zealand 123 Book) for Te Papa Press.
He has held the Writer in Residence Fellowships at Canterbury University and Victoria University, and been a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards three times.
James works as a freelance writer and editor. He has a BA in English from Massey University with Honours from Victoria University.
Further reading about James Brown
Read James Brown's New Zealand Book Council writer file
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