Riemke Ensing

Riemke Ensing

Riemke Ensing was born in Groningen, the Netherlands in 1939 and arrived in New Zealand with her family in 1951. Educated initially in Dargaville, where she learned English, Ensing trained as a teacher at Ardmore College, returning to join the staff for a year in 1960. Further study at Auckland University gained her a position there with the English Department and led to her long career as Senior Tutor, specializing in New Zealand literature. In 1977 she edited the pioneering anthology of New Zealand women's poetry, Private Gardens. Her poetry, art writings, and essays have been widely published in New Zealand and overseas.

List of Publications


Making / Inroads (Coal Black Press, 1980)
Letters (The Lowry Press, 1982)
Topographies (The Prometheus Press, 1984)
Spells from Chagall (The Griffin Press, 1987)
The 'K.M.' File and Other Poems with Katherine Mansfield (Hazard Press, 1993)
Dear Mr Sargeson (Cape Catley, 1995)
Like I have seen the dark green climbing (Pear Tree Press, 1995)
Finding the Ancestors (Pear Tree Press, 1999)
Tarawera-Te Maunga Tapu (Pear Tree Press, 1999)
Talking Pictures (HeadworX, 2000)

Art Criticism

Stanley Palmer : Poor Knights


Poetry NZ 5
Private Gardens
Gloria-In Excelsis