Marty Smith

Photo by John Goodhind
Marty Smith grew up on a steep hill country farm in North Wairarapa, with weather terrible enough to make tough going for one man and his kids.
One of the narrative strands of her poems is her father’s war with almost everything; the other is the world of horse racing and the strangeness of creatures that ride on top of each other.

Her poems have been published in Best New Zealand Poems 2009 and 2011, and in the anthology Best of Best New Zealand Poems. The manuscript for her debut collection Horse with hat was short-listed for the 2011 Kathleen Grattan Award. Horse with hat will be published by VUP in 2014.