Maris O'Rourke, a New Zealander, has been writing poetry for four years. She has published in Takahē,
Poetry New Zealand, Bravado, Shot Glass Journal (USA), International Literary Quarterly (UK) and Side Stream.
She was the inaugural featured poet in the NZPS's (New Zealand Poetry Society) 'a fine line'.
In 2010 she was runner-up in the Auckland NZSA (New Zealand Society of Authors) Sonnet competition
and awarded an NZSA mentorship. In 2011 she was Second in the Robert Burns Poetry Competition;
awarded Highly Commended in the Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize; and First place in
the South Island Writers Association (SIWA) National Competition.