About me

Sarah table

[Photo Credit: Matt Bialostocki]

Hello! My name is Sarah Jane Barnett and I am a poet, creative writing tutor, and book reviewer from Wellington. I live with my husband Jim and our son Sam in a small 1960s weatherboard house with a massive, rambling garden. To sum up my philosophy on life: I eat mostly plants, I am happiest when running, and I believe a good cup of tea can solve a lot of problems.

In July 2014 I finished my PhD in English at Massey University, New Zealand. The PhD combines creative writing with critical research. My research asks what strategies are used by American poet Robert Hass to write about nature. I also have a Masters in Creative Writing from the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University Wellington.

My poetry has been published in New Zealand, Australian, and US journals. My debut collection, A Man Runs into a Womanwas published by Hue & Cry Press in 2012, and was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. You can find a list of my publications, including some poems that are available online, on my publications page.

If you want to get in contact please email me at sarah[at]theredroom[dot]org. Thanks for visiting.


2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Sarah
    I love love your skull and crossbones cushion made with the old blankets. It would be a great addition to my sons room. Do you still make them? Thank you for your time.
    Kind regards
    Andi Heath

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