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Guest poet – Takahe issue 90

Takahe 90I am really pleased to be the guest poet in the latest issue of Takahē, issue 90 (poetry editor: James Norcliffe), which is online now.

You can read my poems here: Guest Poet: Olivia Macassey.
And the entire issue, which has lots of great stuff – poems, essays, art, fiction, and reviews –  is online here: Takahē 90.

Launch and events: Fast Fibres Poetry 4

Fast fibres 4Launch of Fast Fibres Poetry 4: Poetry from Northland ed. Piet Nieuwland and Olivia Macassey, 2017.

When and where: Thursday 17 August, 5 to 8pm at  ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street Whangarei.
Fast Fibres 4 is selling quite fast – if you want to grab one, contact Piet. There will be readings from poets at the launch.

Fast Fibres Poetry Four is the fourth year of an annual anthology of poetry by Northland poets. This year over forty Northland poets with a very diverse range of styles, experience and backgrounds are included. Amongst these are Martin Porter, Renee Liang, Piet Nieuwland, Shelly Arlidge, Graham Johnson, Arthur Fairley, Vaughan Gunson, Aaron Robertson, Jac Jenkins, and Mercedes Webb-Pullman.”

There will also be a second launch with readings and an open mic at the awesome King’s Theatre up in Kawakawa, and a Poetry Popup at the Whangarei library:

POETRY POPUP – Whangarei Library,  free entry. Saturday 26 August from 11am to 1pm, Whangarei Central Library
Warm down from Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Saturday with our POETRY POPUP at Whangarei Central Library. Please come along and read your poetry and support Fast Fibres Poetry 4. It should be fun with a busy audience of library goers. See you there!”

Kings Theatre Creative Poetry Open Mic, entry $5. Sunday 27 August 1.30 – 4pm, 80 Gillies Street Kawakawa.

Poetry reading: Kanohi Ki Te Kanohi

Kanohi Ki Te KanohiKanohi Ki Te Kanohi – Face to Face: poetry reading at Time Out in Mt Eden

Poets: Iain Britton, Bob Orr,  Selina Tusitala Marsh, Vaughan Rapatahana, Ruby Porter, Makyla Curtis, Olivia Macassey.

Iain Britton will have his new book, The Intaglio Poems!

Time Out Bookstore, 432 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland
Friday 11 August, 7-8.30 pm

Free entry.

July, 2017

Multicultural OceaniaI’ve just received my copy of Poetry in Multicultural Oceania,  in which one of my poems appears, which is cool for me. This is an educational resource edited by Vaughan Rapatahana, aimed at years 6-9 and beyond. It’s packed with interesting poems and perspectives, as well as thought-provoking questions and guidance by Vaughan.

Reflecting the great diversity of cultures in the region, Poetry in Multicultural Oceania is enriched with a multitude of Aboriginal Australian, Maori, Pasifika, Asian and other voices in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. From this foundation it offers a teaching resource to develop students understanding and appreciation of poetry, with activities including vocabulary, language use and structure, reading and understanding, and evaluation.” – Essential Resources

CFS – Fast Fibres 4

Fast Fibres 3

Previous year’s edition ed Piet Nieuwland and Martin Porter

Call for submissions: Fast Fibres Poetry 4, from Northland.

Editors: Piet Nieuwland and Olivia Macassey.

Wanted: poets from Northland or with a connection to the area.

Please submit 3 poems and a two line bio. Deadline: Friday 16 June 2017. Submissions to fastfibres[at]live.com

Brief journal – issue 55

New issue of the journal brief out now!

Brief issue 55

Heaps of fantastic writers: Ivy Alvarez, Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, Nick Ascroft, Victor Billot, Iain Britton, Isaac Brodie, Brent Cantwell, Stephanie Christie, Mary Cresswell, Brett Cross, Makyla Curtis, William Direen, John Downie, Doc Drumheller, John Geraets, Michael Giacon, Rata Gordon, Dale Johnson, Robert Kempen, Sid Khanzode, Rosalie Liu, Caoimhe McKeogh, joshua morris, Michael Morrisey, Janet Newman, Piet Nieuwland, Andrew Maximillian Niss, Keith Nunes, Vaughan Rapatahana, Sahanika Ratnayake, Jack Ross, Lisa Samuels, Carin Smeaton, Michael Steven, Fiona Stevens, Richard Taylor, Denys Trussell, Richard von Sturmer, E Wen Wong, and Mark Young. Rewiews by Jen Crawford (Holly Painter, O. Macassey). Cover by Matt Kelly.

Brief‘s website is www.briefthejournal.nz

Call for Submissions: Brief issue 54 – love

Call for Submissions: Brief issue 54 – love

“Love, exciting and new/ Come aboard, we’re expecting you” (Paul Williams, Love Boat Theme)
“Once the first avowal has been made, “I love you” has no meaning whatever; it merely repeats in an enigmatic mode – so blank does it appear – the old message (which may not have been transmitted in these words). I repeat it exclusive of any pertinence; it comes out of the language, it divagates – where?” (Roland Barthes [trans. Richard Howard], A Lover’s Discourse)

Submissions are invited for the 54th issue of brief, which will be a thematic issue on love, guest edited by Olivia Macassey. Submissions are to be received by February 29, 2016, and can be emailed to brief.the.journal @gmail.com or to me. Non-electronic submissions up to A4 in size can be mailed to the editor by prior arrangement.

Brief, a biannual print journal (founded in 1995), is a space for new experimental writing, work that does something interesting, etc. It publishes poetry, prose, essays & criticism, hybrid forms, and occasionally visual art. Contributors receive an issue of the journal as payment.

Where to buy The Burnt Hotel

The Burnt Hotel is now available in shops…The Burnt Hotel *updated

Auckland: University Bookshop, and Unity Books
Wellington: Unity Books, and Vic Books
Christchurch: UBS Canterbury, and Scorpio Books
Palmerston North: Bruce McKenzie Booksellers
Masterton: Hedley Bookshop

Or order online:
Titus Books
UBS Books
Unity Books
Vic Books

Book launch – The Burnt Hotel

When: Thursday 17 September at 5pm
Where: Alleluya, Auckland
What: Publisher Titus Books launches my new book, The Burnt Hotel, along with two other new collections of poetry:Carbon Shapes and Dark Matter the Burnt Hotel Excerpts from a Natural History Carbon Shapes and Dark Matter by Stephanie Christie, and Excerpts from a Natural History by Holly Painter.
There will be introductions, readings by the authors, music by Tofu Horse, and refreshments. Readings start at 5.30. You are invited!

5pm Alleluya bar and cafe, St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape road, Auckland.

Website 2

After ages of being closed, Macassey.com is finally up and running again! But this is a bit of a work in progress. Still to come: audio, photos, posters and old archives etc. If you find a broken link or anything weird (or if you have suggestions), please let me know here.

The old website

old website

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