Photograph by Mark Beatty.
Vincent O’Sullivan has long been recognized as one of New Zealand’s significant literary figures, through his extensive publications as a short story writer, novelist, biographer, playwright, and editor, as well as for his many volumes of poetry. Vincent lives in Dunedin.
He has received Montana Awards for poetry as well as for fiction, the Prime Minister's Award in 2005, and in 2000 was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Vincent is also the pre-eminent Katherine Mansfield scholar, being co-editor of the five volume edition of her Collected Letters, and the two volumes of her Complete Fiction, published last year by Edinburgh University Press.
His most recent collection of poetry, Us, Then, has just been released by Victoria University Press, which next year will bring out both his Selected Poems, and The Families, a new book of short stories.
As the English critic Chris Miller recently wrote of O’Sullivan’s work, "You can’t ask much more of a poet than wit, profundity and elegance, and they’re all here in spades."