My Pet Sounds Off: Translating the Beach Boys, Finishing Line Press,  2020
cover of Excerpts from a Natural History by Holly PainterExcerpts from a Natural History. Titus Books, 2015.

Selected Poems

“Cryptic Crossword L” and Cryptic LVI”Nimrod (2020)
“Cryptic Crossword XXXIII”Bombay Gin (2020)
“Cryptic Crossword XLIV,” “Cryptic Crossword XLVI,” and “Cryptic Crossword XLVII”Northern New England Review 40 (2020)
“To San Francisco with Paul”Home is Where You Queer your Heart (2020)
“Peaches,” “Please don’t hurt me”, and “When You Transition Without Me”Spectrum (2020)
“Field Trip”Borderlands (2020)
“Cryptic Crossword XIV” and “Cryptic Crossword XIX”Random Sample (2017).
“The Strait,” “Eight,” “Beside the Church,” “Feed Me,” Apologetics of a College Freshman,” “Gather in the outcasts, all who’ve gone astray,” “When you tire of your homeland,” “Comfortable Grunge,” “Defend the Holy General,” and “Retrospective”Alluvium (2017)
“Fish & Farm”; “Vertigo”; “Not a Gentleman”; “3am”Softblow (2016).

Selected Fiction

“Denny’s”Whiskey Paper (2014).
“Jean”Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet. Ed. Clifford Garstang. Press 53, 2014.
“Phillip’s Face”Sweet As: Contemporary Short Stories by New Zealanders. Eds. Blair Polly and Wendy Moore. 2014.


Associations and Affiliations

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
New Zealand Poetry Society
Asia Pacific Writers & Translators

Holly portrait shot outdoors in front of a brick wall with greenery

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Creative writing, experimental poetry, intersections between poetry and philosophy, New Zealand literature, science fiction.


  • M.F.A. University of Canterbury, 2009


Office Location:

322 Old Mill

Courses Taught

  • Written Expression
  • Harry Potter
  • Climate Change in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
  • At Work in America: Oral and Written Histories
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Australian/New Zealand Literature