Michele Leggott

Award-winning poet and literary scholar.


Michele Leggott MNZM is a professor in the Department of English at The University of Auckland and the founding director of the NZ electronic poetry centre.

An award-winning poet and literary scholar, she has published eight previous collections of poems and edited several influential anthologies and collections of essays. In 2007 she was appointed inaugural New Zealand poet laureate (2007–9) and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2009 for her services to poetry. In 2013, she won the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry.