Dr Anna Smaill


Teaching in 2018


1998 BA (English & Music) University of Canterbury, New Zealand

2000 MA (English Literature) (Hons) University of Auckland, New Zealand

2001 MA (Creative Writing) Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

2009 PhD (English Literature) University College, University of London, United Kingdom

Current research projects

I am currently engaged in research on the mode of self-sacrifice in American poetry, with particular attention to the work of Frank Bidart. I’m also writing an article about childhood, and the child’s voice, in the poetry of Bill Manhire. I continue to work on my second novel, a fantasy set in contemporary Tokyo.

Areas of supervision

I would welcome supervision in any of the areas of my research:

  • Contemporary American poetry and poetics
  • New Zealand poetry
  • Janet Frame
  • Existentialism in literature
  • Creative Writing

Recent creative work

The Chimes, Sceptre, 2015

Major achievements

  • The Chimes longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize
  • 2015 New Generation Award, The NZ Arts Foundation

Recent publications

  • ‘Anecdote in Post-1990s New Zealand Poetry’, in A History of New Zealand Literature. Mark Williams (ed.), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • ‘Audience and Awkwardness: Personal Poetry in Britain and New Zealand’, in Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. Peter Robinson (ed.), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • ‘Beyond Analogy: Janet Frame’s Fiction and Existential Thought’, in Framework(s): Contemporary Criticism on Janet Frame. Jan Cronin and Simone Drichel (eds.), (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009)
  • ‘The Drum Beats Itself: Reading London Poetry’. Ka Mate, Ka Ora: A New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics, 5, 2008


Teaching in 2018