Paula Harris


Click on the links below to see mentions in everything from interviews to announcements


An article in Newsroom about poetry films in New Zealand, including comments from Paula about the poetic short films project [14/6/23]

Manawatū Guardian story about the launch of the first season of poetic short films [14/2/23]

Paula reads her poem you freak me on the Micro Podcast [3/5/22]

On Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar, Paula talks with Arji Manuelpillai about Hannah Mettner's spectacular poem Schrödinger's pink corduroy miniskirt [22/3/22]

Filmmaker William Cho writes about the process of making a poetic short film of Paula's poem there is a scratch on the inside of my right knee [6/8/21]

Paula reads her poem Chris pauses to enjoy the flowering cherry trees near his office... on the Micro Podcast [20/5/21]

A read of Paula's poem a ruru named Murray, who I've been trying to write about since January (published in The Rialto) on Bob and Poetry blog [17/5/21]

A review of The Emma Press Anthology Of Illness in Sabotage Reviews "...these poems open up a communal affective space for conversations about the experience of (chronic) illness. Especially striking examples of such poems are Paula Harris’ ‘I am a pantheist and don’t believe in god, but there have been moments when I’ve prayed to some people’s Imaginary Sky Friend’..." [12/1/21]

A review of The Emma Press Anthology Of Illness in londongrip referring to Paula's poem in the anthology as "The speaker is looking at herself objectively, and finding it faintly ridiculous to be so desperate. Her language is blunt and honest, another strength" [23/11/20]

Manawatū Standard story about Paula selling her depression on TradeMe [15/3/20]

Announcement by The London Magazine of the winner of their Poetry Prize, with Paula taking out second place [5/12/19]

Writer Tim Saunders mentions Paula in his Bookmarks section with Jesse Mulligan (from 12:09 - "mouthwatering"!!) [28/8/19]

Poet Erik Kennedy lists Paula as one of the New Zealand poets he thinks more people should be reading [31/7/19]

Paula talks with Jesse Mulligan on Radio NZ about winning the 2018 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, and reads her poem you will dig me from the earth with your bare hands, but all of this will be too late [3/9/18]

Announcement by Geometry | Open Book that Paula is the winner of their National Poetry Competition [8/2018]

Announcement by Ruminate that Paula is the winner of the 2018 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize (judged by Ilya Kaminsky) [3/8/18]

Paula Green lists Paula as one of the poets she'd be keen to see a book from, in this review of Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 [10/4/18]

Blog post with photo of an artwork interpreting Paula's poem chamomile and lemon balm as a fundraiser for Poems In The Waiting Room [20/9/13]

Blog post/profile of Paula for Poems In The Waiting Room fundraiser art auction [10/8/13]

Paula Harris

About Paula

Paula Harris lives in Aotearoa/New Zealand, where she writes and sleeps a lot, because that's what depression makes you do. She won the 2018 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize and the 2017 Lilian Ida Smith Award, and was a semi-finalist for the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. She was the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center writing residency in 2018.

Her poetry has been published in various journals, including Passages North, Barren, New Ohio Review, SWWIM, Gulf Coast, The Spinoff, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook and Aotearotica. Her essays have been published in The Sun, Passages North, The Spinoff and Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (Victoria University Press).

She is extremely fond of dark chocolate, shoes and hoarding fabric.