Allen Curnow was born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1911. He is the author of over 20 poetry collections, including Sailing or Drowning (1943); Continuum: New and Later Poems 1972-1988 (1988), winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize; and The Bells of St. Babel’s (2001). Curnow’s other honors include the 1989 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, the 1992 Cholmondeley Award, and the A.W Reed Lifetime Achievement Award. He taught English at Auckland University from 1950 to 1976 and was appointed to the Order of New Zealand in 1990. Allen Curnow died in 2001.
Audio Recordings with Allen Curnow
- Allen Curnow and Thom Gunn reading and discussing their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Nov. 4, 1974
- “ Allen Curnow reading his poems with comment in the Recording Laboratory, June 2, 1961