Montreal Finalist

My poem “Tranquil” has been named a finalist in the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize.

A panel of judges selected 50 poems from 2200 entries submitted from 70 countries. Five finalists will appear on the site each day for the next 10 days, followed by an announcement of the winner:



New Poetry Collection: Native Bird

I’m excited to announce the publication of my third poetry collection, Native Bird, with Makaro Press. It officially launches this week with events in Palmerston North, Wellington and Dunedin as part of Makaro’s Press’s Hoopla Series, alongside excellent collections by Carolyn McCurdie (Bones in the Octagon) and Jennifer Compton (Mr Clean & The Junkie).

Hoopla-Native-bird-front-cover-copyAbout Native Bird
In his third poetry collection, award-winning poet Bryan Walpert—who arrived in New Zealand from the U.S. a decade ago—writes of what it’s been like to be an observer or “birdwatcher” in a land whose physical and cultural geographies he is still learning to name. With his trademark precision and insight, Bryan weaves meditations on the life and songs of birds into his observations on living as a new settler in wind-charged Manawatu. Working at the shifting borders between homes and hearts, prose and poetry, call and song, this is an arresting collection that speaks to us all.

The book is available to purchase online here.

Or if you’re in NZ, come along to one of the three Hoopla Series Launches:

Palmerston North 
Thursday, 16 April, 6:30 p.m.
Palmerston North Central Library

Sunday 19 April, 4 p.m.
Poetry at the Fringe
The Fringe Bar, Allen Street

Wednesday 22 April, 5:30 p.m.
Dunedin Public Library

Ephraim’s Eyes Available as E-book

Ephraim’s Eyes, named a Best Book of 2010, has just been published as an e-book. The collection is available both for Kindle and as an I-Book for US$2.99.

Praise for Ephraim’s Eyes:

“These Stories are extraordinary things.” (Mary McCallum).

“Walpert’s stories jump through matters as diverse as ecology, mycology, super-hero mythology, the role of the olive through history and Buddhism. It’s an impressive collection with stories that resonate with compassion and insight. (Robin Lewis, LeftLion Magazine