Lauris Edmond, born at Dannevirke in 1924, was a latecomer to literary fame, publishing her first book when she was 51. Ten more collections of poetry followed, plus an autobiography in three volumes: Hot October, Bonfires in the Rain and The Quick World (brought together in An Autobiography). She also published a novel and wrote radio and stage drama.
A former speech therapist and English teacher, Edmond was a graduate of Waikato, Victoria and Massey Universities. Massey conferred an honorary doctorate of literature on her in 1988.
Among her many awards was a Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship in 1981 and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1985. She was made an OBE for services to poetry and literature in 1986. In 1999, she received a lifetime achievement award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
Lauris Edmond died in her home in Wellington on 28 January, 2000. She is survived by four daughters and one son.
Lauris Edmond: Selected Poems: 1975–2000 (Bridget Williams Books, 2001)
Late Song (Auckland University Press, 2001)
Lauris Edmond: An Autobiography (Bridget Williams Books, 2001)
New Zealand Love Poems: An Oxford Anthology, editor (Oxford University Press, 2000)
Carnival of New Zealand Creatures (Pemmican Press, 2000)
50 Poems: A Celebration (Bridget Williams Books, 1999)
In Position (Bloodaxe Books, 1997)
A Matter of Timing (Auckland University Press, 1996)
Selected Poems: 1975–1994 (Allen & Unwin, 1994)
Scenes from a Small City (Daphne Brasell Associates, 1994)
The Quick World (Allen & Unwin, 1992)
Bonfires in the Rain (Allen & Unwin, 1991)
New and Selected Poems (Oxford University Press, 1991)
Hot October (Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press, 1989)
Summer Near the Arctic Circle (Oxford University Press, 1988)
Seasons and Creatures (Oxford University Press, 1986)
High Country Weather (Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press, 1984)
Catching It (Oxford University Press, 1983)
Salt from the North (Oxford University Press, 1980)
Seven Poems (Wayzgoose Press, 1980)
Wellington Letter: a Sequence of Poems (Mallinson Rendel, 1980)
The Pear Tree, and Other Poems (Pegasus Press, 1977)
In Middle Air (Pegasus Press, 1975)