Mark Pirie

Mark Pirie Author
Mark Pirie Author

Mark Pirie was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1974. He is a New Zealand poet, fiction writer, literary critic, publisher, editor and anthologist. 

His poems have been published in India, New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, the US, Canada, Singapore, Iraq, China, Thailand, Germany, and the UK. In 1998 Otago University Press published his anthology of ‘Generation X’ New Zealand writing, The NeXt Wave. In 1999 he wrote an MA thesis on the New Zealand poet and editor Louis Johnson at the University of Otago. He was managing editor of, and co-edited, JAAM literary journal (New Zealand) from 1995-2005, and is the current managing editor of HeadworX Publishers, and the editor of broadsheet: new new zealand poetry. In 2003, Salt Publishing, Cambridge, England, published his new and selected poems, Gallery: A Selection.



Rock & Roll lives up to its title. You can even say it has a backbeat, rhythm & lead, and a voice that is strong and engaging.

Pirie is not pissing about, and these poems read like contemporary urban reportage – carefully crafted and styled.

– Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018