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Owen Bullock holds a PhD in Creative Writing. His research interests include poetry and process; semiotics and poetry (particularly the use of line and space); prose poetry; collaborative poetry and haikai literature. His scholarly writing has appeared in Antipodes, Axon, Journal of New Zealand Literature, Ka Mate Ka Ora, New Writing, Qualitative Inquiry and TEXT, and he has a book chapter in British prose poetry: The poems without lines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Owen has published three collections of poetry, 'Work & Play', 'semi' and 'sometimes the sky isn’t big enough'; four books of haiku, 'River's Edge', 'Urban Haiku', 'breakfast with epiphanies', and 'wild camomile '; the novella, 'A Cornish Story', and several chapbooks of poetry and haiku. He is a former editor of Poetry New Zealand, Kokako, Spin and Bravado and has edited a number of anthologies. He won the Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Poetry 2015, and holds a Donald Horne Creative and Cultural Fellowship for 2018.

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 6 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Other chapter contribution

All the world is a page: Alistair Paterson’s poem for voices

Bullock, O. 2018 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018. Ross, J. (ed.). Massey University, p. 186-198 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

Displaced metaphors: Collaborative poetic responses to language in a postphysical world

Bullock, O., Todd, R. & McKnight, L. 2017 In : TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. 21, 1, p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lived Experience

The line: recent experiments in New Zealand and Australia

Bullock, O. 4 May 2017 In : New Writing. 14, 2, p. 223-234 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

New Zealand
2 Citations

Whiteout: Writing Collaborative Online Poetry as Inquiry

McKnight, L., Bullock, O. & Todd, R. 2017 In : Qualitative Inquiry. 23, 4, p. 313-315 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Response mode: Taking everything and the genre

Bullock, O. 2016 Authorised Theft: Writing, Scholarship, Collaboration Papers: The Refereed Proceedings Of The 21st Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs. The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), p. 1-15 15 p.

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