Born in Auckland, Staines was first published at the age of 5. He has been performing his poetry since 1984.
In 1988 he co-founded the performance group Poetrycorp (1988-1992), which toured schools and institutions, as well as taking part in several Fringe Festival seasons and university orientation tours. Poetrycorp also published a collection of verse from people in institutions, The Works, with a Youth Lottery Grant, and a small collection by members of the group itself, Poetrycorp: seven poets (1988).
Staines’s poetry has appeared in JAAM and Boomer.
Staines is the director of The Voice of Foxton, described as "an acid poetry postcard from small-town New Zealand", based on his poem of the same name.
- Warning: Poems (with Mike Eager). Rush Hour, 1990.
- The Slow Road to Gore: A travelogue noir (illustrated by Aaron Frater). Wellington: Third Eye, 2003.
- Seclusion Data. Wellington: Third Eye, 2010.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Alex Staines, War on Sadness. Blogspot, Web, Apr. 10, 2014.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Jack Ross, Staines, Alex, Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive, November 12, 2007. Blogspot, Web, Apr. 10, 2014.
- ↑ Search results = au:Alex Staines, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 10, 2014.
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