Harry Ricketts is a professor in the English Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and also teaches creative non-fiction in the International Institute of Modern Letters.
He has published 30 books. These include literary biographies ‒ The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling (1999) and Strange Meetings: The Poets of the Great War (2010), personal essays (How to Live Elsewhere, 2004, and How to Catch a Cricket Match, 2006) and 10 collections of poems (most recently Half Dark, 2015).
He has also co-edited several anthologies of New Zealand poetry, a collection of new essays about World War One (How We Remember: New Zealanders and the First World War, 2014) and, most recently, with Gavin McLean, The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing.
- Comic poetry, with Nick Ascroft, Harry Ricketts, Johanna Aitchison, James Brown and Vivienne Plumb
- Essays and Place, with Ashleigh Young, Ingrid Horrocks, Harry Ricketts, Cherie Lacey, Tim Corballis, and Martin Edmond
- Fiction and biography, with Harry Ricketts, Helen Rickerby, Anna Jackson and Thom Conroy