Frankie McMillan is an award winning poet and short story writer who lives in Christchurch. She is the author of The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories and two poetry collections, Dressing for the Cannibals and There are no horses in heaven. In 2009 she won first prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. In both 2013 and 2015 she was the winner of the New Zealand Flash Fiction Award. Frankie McMillan was awarded the Creative New Zealand Todd New Writers’ Bursary in 2005 and held the Ursula Bethell residency at the University of Canterbury in 2014. Poems have been selected for Best New Zealand poems (online, International Institute of Modern Letters) in 2012 and 2015. Short stories have been selected for Best New Zealand Fiction (Vintage) in 2008 and 2009 and in Essential New Zealand Short Stories 2002 (Vintage). Her forthcoming book, My Mother and the Hungarians and other small fictions (CUP) will be launched at the Christchurch WORD festival in August 2016. She currently teaches at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch.
McMillan, Frankie (1950-) is an award winnning short story writer and poet.
Born and raised in Christchurch, McMillan studied at Victoria University of Wellington, where she completed an MA in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Creative NZ Todd Writers Bursary.
McMillan’s first book of stories The Bag Lady’s Picnic and Other Stories was published in 2001 by Shoal Bay Press. Lindsay Botham writes in the Listener, 'Acute observations, coupled with achingly clear insight, are the hallmarks of this dazzling collection of short stories.' In the Weekend Herald, Penelope Bieder writes, 'This writing and these stories announce the arrival of a strong new voice on the New Zealand literary scene.'
Further short stories were selected for the Best NZ Fiction volumes 5 and 6 (Vintage). In 2009, a short story was selected for Essential NZ Short Stories (Vintage), edited by Owen Marshall.
Her poetry appears in the anthology, The Unbelievable Lightness of Eggs (Hallard, 2006), a collection featuring the work of six New Zealand poets. Her first collection of poetry, Dressing for the Cannibals (Sudden Valley Press), was published in 2009. In the same year she was winner of the NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition.
In 2009 she won first prize in the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition. In both 2013 and 2015 she was the winner of the New Zealand Flash Fiction Award.
McMillan held the Ursula Bethell residency at the University of Canterbury in 2014.
Her second poetry collection there are no horses in heaven was published by Canterbury University in March 2015.
Her forthcoming book My Mother and the Hungarians and other small fictions (CUP) will be launched at the Christchurch WORD festival in August 2016.
McMillan lives in Christchurch and teaches Creative Writing at the Hagley Writers' Institute.
- Audio interview with Lyn Freeman from Arts on Sunday, National Radio, 23 August 2009.
- Interview in Books in the Trees, a blog by Tim Jones
- Interview in Nod Ghosh
- Back to nature for city poet Frankie McMillan
- Winners of the 2015 National Flash Fiction Day competition
- Book Review: There are no horses in heaven by Frankie McMillan
- Tuesday Poem: “My Father, The Oceanographer” by Frankie McMillan
- Radio NZ Frankie McMillan - Playful Poetry
- Tuesday Poem: "Hour glass" and "at night my dead mother appears wanting soup" by Frankie McMillan