John Irvine, Colville on Coromandel Peninsula: New Zealand




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How we feel depends on what you believe the US feels... and do all Americans feel the same? I think you need to define what it is we are supposed to feel. Patriotism is a loaded word...

~Cheers, John Irvine, NZ


John Irvine was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand in 1940. John and his writer/poet wife live in Colville on New Zealand’s picturesque Coromandel Peninsula, surrounded by hills and ocean. Here he occasionally lets his dark side out to play. He is the online administrator for a Canadian-based international teen writer’s forum. He has his own web site:

John’s first collection of poetry, Man of Stone, was released recently to enthusiastic reviews in New Zealand during 2005 by Zenith Publishing Group, and is available internationally from the publisher’s website

He had a second volume of illustrated poetry, Rat atouille for the rindless (illustrated by Dave Freeman) published in 2007 by Preshrunk Press.

John  is editor and contributor for the recently launched illustrated collection of speculative poetry, Anomalous Appetites, which can be seen and purschased by visiting his website.

He has had poetry published in many international magazines and anthologies, including Magazines in NZ. He has had horror stories and poems published in Wicked Karnival, Black Ink Horror and the Horror Library. Also, he has had haiku published in Stylus magazine, Kokako, NZ Poetry Society anthologies and Scifaiku, as well as short stories and poems in Australian Reader magazine, Static Movement, Sam Smith's Select Six, Illuminations and Non-euclidean Café amongst others.









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