Therese’s PhD thesis was a collection of poetry about desire, absence, and the healing nature of time, connected to an investigation of Anne Carson’s ekphrasis.
PhD awarded 2017
Therese's poems have appeared in print and online publications including Sport, Landfall, Hue & Cry, Jacket2, Metro, Turbine, and the AUP series New Zealand Poets in Performance.
In 2006 she completed the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), and was awarded the Schaeffer Fellowship which enabled her to spend a year attending the acclaimed Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her first full-length book of poetry, Other Animals , was published by Te Herenga Waka University Press in 2013.
She was the 2018 University of Waikato Writer in Residence. Her second poetry collection, The Facts (VUP) was launched during Writers and Readers 2018 in Wellington and was shortlisted for the NZ Books Awards in 2019.
In 2020 she convened the IIML's undergraduate CREW 253 Poetry workshop | He Rotarota.
Therese writes: 'The aim of the critical component of my thesis was to examine the role of ekphrasis in Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson's writing. Ekphrasis—a genre of poetry commonly described as the "verbal representation of visual representation" — appears repeatedly throughout Carson's work, and I sought to demonstrate, via several key examples, how this form encapsulates not just Carson's fascination with the visual but how it is the ideal model to explain Carson's own methodology as a writer, scholar, and translator.
'The creative component of my thesis was a collection of poetry that includes both ekphrasis and "mock" translations of French symbolist poet, Stephane Mallarmé.'