Chris Price

‘. . . establishes herself as a major and distinctive poetic talent. . . . she examines the ingredients of her subject in a deliberate, peering way that makes you think of Allen Curnow. . . . This will be an outstanding year for New Zealand poetry if it produces a better book.’ – Guy Allan, NZ Herald


Husk is the first collection of poems by writer Chris Price. Though a debut collection, this is polished, elegant, mature work; it introduces an original new talent. The poems cover a wide range of interests, themes and tones but there is an alertness, a sense of delight about all of them.



Multi-talented Chris Price is based in Wellington, where she teaches the poetry workshop at the International Institute of Modern Letters (VUW), home of Bill Manhire’s highly regarded creative writing programmes. Her first collection of poems Husk (AUP) won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry and made the New Zealand Top 10 bestseller list. Her next book, the genre busting Brief Lives (AUP), won a Spectrum Print Design Award and was shortlisted in the biography category in the 2007 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. From 1992 to 2004, she co-ordinated our major international literary event, New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week and she edited New Zealand’s longest-running literary magazine, Landfall, from 1993 to 2000. She was the 2008 CNZ/Auckland University Writer in residence at the Michael King Writers Centre.


Winner of NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry 2002


December 2002, 210 x 167 mm, 72 pages
Paperback, ISBN 9781869402662, $21.95