Kay McKenzie Cooke

Kay McKenzie Cooke (Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tāhu) was born in Tūātapere, Murihiku / Southland. She lives and writes in Ōtepoti/Dunedin and is proud Grandma to eight mokopuna. She has had four poetry collections published. The first poetry book Feeding the Dogs published by Otago University Press won the Jessie McKay Prize for Best First Book of Poetry in 2003. Her latest poetry book is titled Upturned and was published by The Cuba Press in June 2020 just after lockdown. Kay, along with writer Jenny Powell, is part of a poetry-reading duo called J&K Rolling formed specifically to take poetry to Aotearoa’s southern rural regions and to hear the poetry being written in those more remote areas. As well as poetry, Kay writes short stories and has recently published a novel called Craggan Dhu. Time Will Tell which is set in a fictitious town in Western Southland.

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