Janis Freegard

Wellington-based writer who shares her home with an historian and a small colony of weta.

Janis Freegard
Photo Credit: James Gilberd

Janis Freegard’s first full-length poetry collection, Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus, was published by Auckland University Press in 2011. She is also the author of a chapbook The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider (Anomalous Press, US, 2013) and co-author of AUP New Poets 3 (Auckland University Press, 2008).  Her poetry has appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas, including Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page (Random House, 2014), Best NZ Poems 2012 and Landfall.  In 2014 she held the inaugural Ema Saikō Poetry Fellowship at New Pacific Studio in the Wairarapa. She also writes fiction and is a past winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award.  Her first novel is forthcoming from Mākaro Press.

 

Janis was born in South Shields, England and spent part of her childhood in South Africa and Australia before her family settled in New Zealand when she was twelve.  She has a BSc in botany from the University of Auckland, with Honours in plant ecology from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master’s in Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington. She lives in Wellington, with an historian and a cat, and works in the public service.  She blogs at http://janisfreegard.com