A Forager’s Life (Harper Collins, 2023) – a memoir about belonging and motherhood, told through the author’s lifelong passion for wild food.


Write to the Centre (Haunui Press, 2016) – a nonfiction book about the practice of keeping a journal; lots of examples from and discussion of my own practice, plus exercises for those wishing to start journaling. Read reviews.

The Comforter (Seraph Press, 2011) – a collection of poetry. Read reviews.



Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry 

‘Wide-ranging, engaging and affecting, Wild Honey celebrates the many ways in which poems by women deserve a place in the literary canon of Aotearoa.’


Home: New Writing    ‘I felt very at home with Helen Lehndorf, who writes with power and honesty about her son’s autism, and about love. ‘All the good fights I fought, I fought for him.’ –Annaleese Jochems


Swings & Roundabouts: Poems on Parenthood


Kaupapa: New Zealand Poets, World Issues


Poetry Pudding: a Delicious Collection of Rhyme and Wit

A Magpie Stole My Heart: Ten Years of the Whitireia Writing Programme



Landfall 238: Spring 2019 ‘Johanna Tells Me To Make A Wish’

4th Floor Literary Journal 2019 – Writing as Activism: ‘fortune cookie’; ‘nature is just too damn much’; ‘nice dystopia’.

4th Floor Literary Journal 2016 ‘White-knuckling It’

4th Floor Literary Journal 2014So Much White Noise‘ ‘Hunker‘ ‘The Same Bedtime Story’ 

Tuesday Poem 2013 ‘Oh Dirty River’

Booksellers Blog ‘Jeez Michelle’

Booksellers Blog ‘Tincture’

Best New Zealand Poems 2011 ‘Wabi Sabi’.

Sport 39 2011

Reconfigurations journal, ‘A Silk, A Sulk, A Skull’ & ‘101 Questions about Roses’.

My tribute to Ruth Dallas on NZEPC

JAAM 27 Wanderings ‘Helen Lehndorf’s short story: A Stumbling into Motherhood: In Which the Author Saves for a Trip to India But Ends Up Staying in Wellington to Have a Baby Instead and Mainly Finds It Quite Challenging, Perhaps Even More Challenging Than Negotiating the Rajasthani Camel Fair, which is true in plot and in humour to its title, but which is also a sad, serious, and witty contemplation of modern-day motherhood.’

4th Floor Journal 2008 ‘Inside Out’ 

Blackmail Press 13 ‘Glamour Gardener’ ‘Capsule’ ‘Six Ways of Looking at a Paua Shell’


Helen Lehndorf talks Poetry on ReadNZ

Better Off Read podcast with Pip Adam 

Kahini asks 5 quick questions with Helen Lehndorf

A conversation with Melissa Wastney 

An interview on Stuff by journalist Carly Thomas

My Favourite Table That time journalist Kimberley Rothwell interviewed me about my favourite place to eat in Palmerston North. (Sadly, the chef who made those amazing muffins moved on. I still lament their absence.)


The Spinoff ‘Crashing Down on a Crossbar: The New Zealand Man in a Smiths Video‘. My interview with Hector Hazard, who in 1987 starred in a Smiths video. 2017.

The Beautiful World: A review of Some Things to Place in a Coffin by Bill Manhire, in Pantograph Punch. 2017

Down Any Road Is A Poem a review of Hannah Mettner’s Fully Clothed and So Forgetful and Kate Camp’s The Internet of Things, in Landfall Review Online. 2017.

Our Wishful Thinking a review of Jenny Bornholdt’s Selected Poems and Michael Jackson’s Walking to Pencarrow: Selected Poems, in Landfall Review Online. 2016.


I read ‘The Things You Are Not Ready For’ for Poetry Shelf

Rebecca Latham reads my poem ‘Fall Back’ 

Musician Bryan Gibson plays guitar with my poem ‘The stay at home mother contemplates flight’ 

EDITING        Publications I have edited 

Catch and Release: Poems from the Manawatu

The Night We Ate The Baby by Tim Upperton

Driving Neruda to the Fish and Chips by Leonel Alvarado

Surface Tension by Joy Green

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