‘Barnett is captivating… she is aching, thoughtful and genuinely inspired.’


Sarah Jane Barnett is a freelance writer and editor.

Sarah’s poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have been published in numerous Aotearoa journals and magazines, as well as in Australia, and the US. Her work has been anthologised in Best New Zealand PoemsDear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems, Essential New Zealand Poems, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, and Home: New Writing.

Her debut poetry collection A Man Runs into a Woman was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Sarah’s second collection WORK was released in October 2015. Her poems often inhabit the lives of others, and ask how we find connection and intimacy when affected by trauma. Her essays explore the multifaceted theme of modern womanhood. Read some of her work.

Sarah works as a freelance editor. She specialises in poetry, but also edits nonfiction, academic writing and corporate copy. She was the Literature Editor for The Pantograph Punch from 2016-2018. Some recent editing work includes He’s So Masc by Chris Tse, Because a Woman’s Heart is like a Needle at the Bottom of the Ocean by Sugar Magnolia Wilson, and Autobiography of a Marguerite by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle.

Sarah has a Masters from the IIML and a PhD from Massey University. Her PhD used creative writing and a critical essay to examine the strategies used by American poet Robert Hass to depict nature in his first four collections. Sarah lives in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, with her family.