Anne Kennedy is an inventive poet and fiction writer. She has also developed scripts and worked as an editor. In her first two collections of poetry, the poems appear in sequence, and focus on female protagonists. While her first book explores domesticity and motherhood, the second is focused on a family of giants, particularly a young woman giant. Her poems and short stories have been included in anthologies and journals, and she has received several key awards.
Place of residence: Hawai'i
Anne Kennedy won the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award in 1985. She was the University of Auckland Literary Fellow in 1995.
Kennedy has also published a novel, A Boy and His Uncle (Picador, 1998) and written the screenplay for the film Monkey's Mask, from the verse novel by Dorothy Porter.
Her first book of poetry, Sing-Song (Auckland University Press, 2003) is described as an extraordinary and unusual sequence of poems. Told from a mother's point of view, the poems deal with the domestic life of a family, in particular the gruelling experience of eczema from which the little girl suffers.
Sing-Song received the Montana Award for Poetry at the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
The Time of the Giants is Kennedy's second sequence of poems and is much less tied to the poets own experience (Auckland University Press, 2005). Wonderfully inventive, moving and amusing; it focuses on a family of giants and in particular a young woman giant and her efforts to conceal from her lover (normal size) just how tall she really is. Characteristically, this fabulous tale also includes gentle satire on contemporary manners, witty language and a warm, affectionate tone. It was nominated in the 2006 shortlist for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
- Anne Kennedy’s bibliography in the Auckland University Library's New Zealand Literature File
- The University of Hawai'i English department
- Scottish Poetry Library introduction to Anne Kennedy
- Anne Kennedy’s Turbine contribution
- Anne Kennedy on the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre
- Anne Kennedy in Best New Zealand Poems 2005
- Anne Kennedy’s collection Sing Song on the Auckland University Press site
- Anne Kennedy on the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre