Jenny Bornholdt

Bornholdt in 2014

Jennifer Mary Bornholdt MNZM (born 1 November 1960) is a New Zealand poet and anthologist.


Born in Lower Hutt, Bornholdt received a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Diploma in Journalism. She studied poetry with Bill Manhire at Victoria University of Wellington in 1984.

She is co-editor of My Heart Goes Swimming: New Zealand Love Poems and the Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English, which won the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 1997. In addition, Bornholdt won the 2002 Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship, was a recipient of one of the 2003 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Awards, and was named the fifth Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate in 2005. Her poems were selected for the Best New Zealand Poems series in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005.

In the 2014 New Year Honours, Bornholdt was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services as a poet.[1]



Bornholdt's poetry has been published in a number of volumes:

  • 1988: This Big Face
  • 1989: Moving House
  • 1991: Waiting Shelter
  • 1995: How We Met
  • 1997: Miss New Zealand: Selected Poems
  • 2000: These Days
  • 2003: Summer

Children's books

  • 2013: A Book is A Book
  • 2017: The Longest Breakfast


  • Co-editor, with Gregory O'Brien, My Heart Goes Swimming: New Zealand Love Poems, Random House New Zealand (2000) ISBN 0-908877-81-1, ISBN 978-0-908877-81-2
  • Co-editor Oxford Anthology of New Zealand Poetry in English


  1. ^ "New Year honours list 2014". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2018.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Brian Turner
New Zealand Poet Laureate
Succeeded by
Michele Leggott

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