Janet Charman’s cold snack, published by Auckland University Press, has won the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry and $5,000.
"The team at Auckland University Press are enormously proud of Janet Charman's achievement in winning the poetry category in the 2008 Montanas for COLD SNACK”, said Press Director Dr Sam Elworthy. “Janet has been a powerful and distinctive voice in New Zealand poetry for many years and we are lucky to be her publisher."
Janet Charman is a graduate of The University of Auckland and was the University’s Literary Fellow in 1997. She has published five collections of poems with Auckland University Press over 15 years.
There were 26 books submitted in the poetry category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards this year, up from 19 in 2007.
Cold snack will now contend with the winner of this year’s fiction category for the grand prize for creative writing, the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry. The winner of the medal will be announced along with all the other Montana New Zealand Book Award winner at a gala dinner in Wellington on Monday 21 July