Mayhem (ISSN 2382-0322) is a literary journal showcasing creative writing from contributors in and from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Mayhem Literary Journal emerged from Tracey Slaughter and Catherine Chidgey's creative writing programme at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Since launching in March 2014, Mayhem has become a feature of Waikato's literary scene, a place for new and established literary presences to explore and establish their voices.

We love writing that is strong, alive, urgent, dynamic, risky, human, informed. Something that celebrates the mayhem in all of us.

Mayhem acknowledges the Maaori people as the traditional guardians of Aotearoa, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, sea, sky and culture.

Reach Mayhem at editor@mayhemjournal.co.nz

editor in chief: Dr Tracey Slaughter

Tracey Slaughter's latest collection deleted scenes for lovers was published to acclaim in 2016. In 2018 she won second place in the international Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and second place in The Moth Short Story Award. Her collection of poems conventional weapons is due out from VUP in 2019. She teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato.

Photo by Catherine Chidgey

managing editor: D.A. Taylor

D.A. (Dave) Taylor is a full-time writer and editor with Intelligent Ink, and a graduate of Tracey Slaughter and Catherine Chidgey's creative writing programme at the University of Waikato. He lives between Auckland and the Waikato.

guest co-editor 2021: Stephanie Christie

Stephanie Christie (who was Will Christie) creates poetry in the form of page poems, text art, installations, theatre, video and sound works. She shared 3D poems in the Mesoverse and in the Kotahitanga project. She’s published three books of poetry. She’s currently obsessed with anything to do with Colours, so if you see her, please feel free to bring this up.

guest co-editor 2021: Mark Prisco

Mark Prisco is currently working on his PhD in English Literature (the poetry of T.S Eliot and D.H Lawrence), and writing hundreds of poems, some of which are good.

His poems have appeared in literary journals in New Zealand (Mayhem; Minarets; Poetry New Zealand) — and overseas BlazeVox (U.S.A). Also, he has had two book reviews accepted for publication in Poetry New Zealand, due out early next year. Now he says he wants a book of poetry published.

He lives in Hamilton.


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