Poet: Kiri Piahana–Wong
Poem: A Life
Printed on a Littlejohn Press cylinder press by John Denny of Puriri Press
Paper: Hahnemühle 140 gsm acid-free drawing paper
Size: 420 x 275 mm
Limited Edition of 12
Price: $65 each
Kiri Piahana–Wong is of Mãori (Ngãti Ranginui), Chinese and Pãkehã(English) ancestry. She is a poet and editor, and is the publisher at Anahera Press.
Her poems have appeared in over forty journals and anthologies, including Landfall, Essential NZ Poems, Poetry NZ, Puna Wai Kõrero and Ora Nui; and she has edited editions of JAAM magazine and Flash Frontier.
Her first poetry collection, Night Swimming, was released in 2013. It received good reviews and was nominated in the 2014 Ngã Kupu Ora Aotearoa Mãori Book Awards. A second book, Tidelines, is due out soon.
Piahana–Wong lives in central Auckland with her partner and baby son.
John Denny initially trained and worked as a teacher. The principal of his first school placement, himself a keen printer, introduced Denny to letterpress printing. He would often devise projects that would allow the students to set and print their own work. After teaching for fifteen years he left to established Puriri Press, in 1988.
Denny specialises in the design and production of small editions of books printed on either his Kahle art platen or a 1960s Littlejohn cylinder proof press. Initially working entirely in letterpress, he has since the early 1990s embraced digital technologies and sometimes works with both formats in the same publication. His publications are usually hand sewn and bound. In 2011 he was the printer in residence at Otakou Press, University of Otago where he collaborated with Dunedin poet Peter Olds on his publication Skew-whiff, with illustrations by artist Kathryn Madill.
In 2015 Denny retired from commercial printing work and returned to his first love of handset type limited edition books and broadsheets.
For more information or to purchase a limited edition poetry broadsheet contact Jane Sanders.