Roger Hickin, who is based in Lyttelton but grew up in Dunedin, has written poetry, and occasionally published it, since the late 1960s. He studied languages at the University of Otago but left without completing a BA (Hons) in Russian. For much of his life he has worked as a visual artist, and in 2010, yielding to an interest in book design, and with the encouragement of David Howard and Peter Olds, he established Cold Hub Press whose publications include nearly eighty volumes of New Zealand and international poetry.
He is also a translator and has produced numerous translations of Latin American poets, including Carlos Martínez Rivas, Joaquín Pasos, Ernesto Cardenal and Blanca Castellón and Rogelio Guedea. Having recently edited A Roderick Finlayson Reader (Cold Hub Press, 2020), he is currently writing a biography of Finlayson. A town trod by poets: the search for truth on Dunedin streets, based on a paper he presented at the University of Otago Centre for the Book 2016 symposium, ‘Book and Place’, was published – with poems and photographs by Peter Olds – by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature in 2020.
Roger Hickin at DWRF 2021:
Mapping Dunedin's Stories