Poet: Riemke Ensing
Poem: Morning Glory published in Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance. Editors Jack Ross and Jan Kemp. (AUP 2006)
Printer: Leslie Smith, Katsura Press.
Hand-printed with a polymer plate on a Chandler & Price
Size: 296 x 210 mm
Limited Edition of 12
Price: $40 each
Riemke Ensing was born in Groningen, The Netherlands 1939, she immigrated to New Zealand with her parents in 1951.
After training and working as a teacher Ensing returned to fulltime studies, graduating with M.A.(Hons) in 1967. She then became a tutor in the English Department, University of Auckland, where she taught till 1999. In 2000 she was appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow (Faculty of Arts) at the University and in 2002 awarded a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship.
In 1977 she was editor of the first New Zealand anthology of women poets, Private Gardens. Her first collection of poems, Letters was published in 1982. Since then there have been many publications, some small, some substantial. She has also collaborated with Tara McLeod of The Pear Tree Press on beautiful hand set and printed limited edition works. The latest If only (2017) was written in memory of her partner Bill Trussell.
In 2012 she received the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award. In 2015, the 15th anniversary of Talking Pictures, editor Mark Pirie (HeadworX) featured her in broadsheet 15 in honour of her contribution to NZ literature. Her work is represented extensively in anthologies, journals, literary magazines both here and abroad.
Lesley Smith has an arts and graphic design background, designing and publishing books for nearly thirty years.
In her role as director of Lopdell House Gallery for ten years, she established the gallery as a significant name in New Zealand publishing; publishing and distributing numerous books and catalogues including two Montana Book Award winners: Len Castle Making the Molecules Dance and To the Harbour by Stanley Palmer.
In 2013 she launched Katsura Press.
Now based in Dunedin, Smith has a foot in both the old and new sides of graphic design, enjoying the flexibility of the digital process of book production and the creative rigour of letterpress.