Michael Harlow has published ten books of poetry, including Giotto's Elephant (a Finalist in the National Book Award for Poetry, 1991), Cassandra's Daughter (AUP, 2005, 2006), and most recently The Tram Conductor's Blue Cap (AUP). The Associate and Poetry Editor at Landfall for some ten years, he has also been the Katherine Mansfield Fellow to Menton, France, and in 2004 the Randell Cottage Writer in Residence. Take A Risk, Trust Your Language, Make a Poem was awarded the PEN Best First Book of Prose (1986).
His work has been translated into Greek, French, Spanish and German. He was the Burns Fellow for 2009, and the inaugural Caselberg Artist in Residence (Dunedin). His most recent poetry collection The Tram Conductor's Blue Cap was a Finalist for the 2010 National Book Awards for Poetry. He was been awarded the University of Otago Wallace Writer in Residence for 2011/2012. He has a new collection of poetry forthcoming, The Company of Map Makers (2014). And forthcoming: a Selected Poems from Cold Hub Press; and a volume of love poems, Heart absolutely I can from the recently established Makaro Press (Mary McCallum, Wellington).
Michael Harlow lives and works as a writer, editor, and Jungian therapist in Central Otago, Alexandra, New Zealand. He has been awarded the prestigious Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution to New Zealand Poetry (2014)