Kirstie McKinnon


Kirstie McKinnon lives, writes and surfs in East Coast Otago. She is the author of the poetry collection Songs from the Water. She writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction.


Songs from the Water. Kirstie McKinnon. Published by the author. Printed at Uniprint Otago. 2020. ISBN 978-0473-53451-6

Songs from the Water is skillful and always speaking out of passionate, clear-eyed relationship with the earth and her creatures.” 
Carolyn McCurdie

Tight Lines: an anthology. Kilmog Press, 2016. 
Kirstie has seven poems in this collection by the Tight Lines poetry group. 

Editor of and contributor to the book-in-development, CUMULUS: an anthology of skies in collaboration with photographer Carlos Biggemann and fourteen Dunedin and international poets (2020/2021). The development of CUMULUS is featured in the AttitudeLive documentary, Being Me: Carlos. 

Published Poetry

arc.  Love in the Time of COVID: a chronicle of a pandemic , June 2021

As are you. The Otago Daily Times, 3 Feb 2018.

Coastal Trees. The Otago Daily Times, 8 Aug 2020.

Deep Stream. Takahē 86, April 2016.

Evergreen Magnolia Mind. Corpus , 1 Oct 2018. 

Eye contact. The Otago Daily Times, 15 June 2015.

Indigo. The Otago Daily Times, 8 May 2021.

Lewis. Landfall 238, Nov 2019

Night Swim. The Otago Daily Times, 1 Sep 2018.

Pine Cones. Poems in the Waiting Room, Autumn 2021.

Red Sky. Love in the Time of COVID: a chronicle of a pandemic , May 2021.

Ruru. Takahē 86, April 2016.

Shark Bell. The Otago Daily Times, 30 Dec 2013.

Shiel Hill. The Otago Daily Times, 4 Jan 2016.

Snails. Takahē 86, April 2016.

Solo to the South Pole. Antarctica Poetry Exhibition, 2019.

Wake. The Otago Daily Times, 3 Aug 2019.

Waterfalls. Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature Possibilities Project, , 25 May 2020.

Whale Mother. Corpus , 4 March 2019. 


LandSAR Search Dogs Newsletter
Kirstie writes biographical interviews for the LandSAR Search Dog Newsletter. 


Poetry Reviews
Kirstie occasionally reviews for the Otago Daily Times and Takahē.



  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
  • Poetry


  • Competition Judging
  • Editing
  • Freelance Writing