About Truth or Beauty: Poetry and Biography
The Truth or Beauty: Poetry and Biography conference was held on 26–28 November 2014 at Victoria University of Wellington. It brought together poets and scholars from Australia and New Zealand to explore and attempt to define the growing field of biographical poetry or verse biography – poetry which maps out a life, or presents a portrait of a more or less historical person.
The conference was a grand success, with fascinating papers, fabulous poetry and great discussions. Thank you to everyone involved! For more information about the conference, you can read the call for papers and view the programme.
We are currently working towards producing towards publications based on conference papers and continuing to expand the study of biographical poetry. Updates will be announced on this website.
As part of the conference we published a small, hand-bound volume of biographical poetry by conference participants – possibly the first anthology of biographical poetry ever. To find out more about it, and how to purchase a copy, visit the Truth or Beauty anthology page.