by George J. Dance

Janet charman

Janet Charman. Courtesy Auckland University Press.

Janet Charman (born 1954) is a New Zealand poet.


Charman has an M.A. in English from the University of Auckland (UA). She has worked as a nurse, telephone operator, and teacher. She and her partner have two daughters and live in Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand.[1]

Charman began writing poetry in a women's group she attended while at UA, and first published her poetry with two other women in that group. Her first full collection was published by New Women's Press in 1987; since then she has published several other collections, all from Auckland University Press.[2]

She was the Literary Fellow (writer in residence ) at UA in 1997.[1]


Her collection Cold Snack won the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry.[3]



  • Drawing Together (by Marina Bachmann, Sue Fitchett, & Janet Charman). Warkworth, NZ: Rodney & Waitemata, 1985.
  • Two Deaths in One Night. Auckland: New Women's Press, 1987.
  • Red Letter. . Auckland: Auckland Unitersity Press, 1992.
  • End of the Dry. . Auckland: Auckland Unitersity Press, 1999.
  • Rapunzel, Rapunzel. Chicago & Auckland: Auckland Unitersity Press, 1999.
  • Snowing Down South. Auckland: Auckland Unitersity Press, 2002.
  • Cold Snack. Auckland: Auckland Unitersity Press, 2007.
  • At the White Coast. Auckland: Auckland Unitersity Press, 2012.


  • New Beginnings: An anthology (edited with Renee Liang). Auckland: Monster Fish, 2012.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Janet Charman, Auckland University Press. Web, Mar. 24, 2014.
  2. About Janet Charman, Kiwi Women Write Their Stories. Web, Mar. 24, 2014.
  3. Charman, Janet, New Zealand Book Council. Web, Mar. 23, 2014.
  4. Search results = au:Janet Charman, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 24, 2014.

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