Michael Harlow

Poet, narrator, publisher, librettist and Jungian psychotherapist of Greek/American-Ukrainian descent.


Michael Harlow was born in the USA in 1937 and travelled extensively before arriving in New Zealand in 1968.

His book Nothing But Switzerland and Lemonade (1980) was the first book of prose poems published in New Zealand, his Giotto’s Elephant was shortlisted in the 1992 book awards, and he has published four other collections of poems with Auckland University Press.

He has been editor of the Caxton Press poetry series and poetry editor of Landfall. He represented New Zealand at the 2006 Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín, Colombia, and the IV Internacional Seminar of Writers, ‘Frontiers in Movement’ in Monterey, Mexico; and at the 2007 Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada, Nicaragua, and at the IV World Poetry Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. He was the Robert Burns Fellow and the Caselberg Artist in Residence in 2009.