Murray Edmond

Poet, playwright, dramaturge, theatre director, editor and critic.


Murray Edmond was born in Hamilton in 1949. He has published five books of poems with AUP including Fool Moon (a finalist in the 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Awards); co-edited the influential anthology Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960–1975 (AUP, 2000); and is the editor of the peer-reviewed, online journal of poetics Ka Mate Ka Ora: A New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics. A collection of his critical writings, Then It Was Now Again: Selected Critical Writing, was published in 2014 by Atuanui Press and a volume of fiction, Strait Men and Other Tales, will be published by Steele Roberts in 2015.


Since the 1970s, Edmond has been active in experimental and innovative theatre companies and for over 25 years has taught theatre and drama at The University of Auckland, retiring from his position as Associate Professor of Drama at the end of 2014. He works as the dramaturge for Indian Ink Theatre Company, whose latest play, Kiss the Fish, was awarded Best New Play of 2014 in the Chapman Tripp Awards.