John Allison was born in Blenheim, New Zealand, in 1950, John returned to live in Christchurch in mid-2016 after 15 years in Melbourne. Throughout the 1990s he'd had poems published in numerous literary journals here in New Zealand and overseas. Three collections of poetry were published during that time, and he was the featured poet in Poetry NZ 14. 'Balance' was published by Five Islands Press in Melbourne in 2006. His fifth collection of poetry, 'A Place To Return To', was published by Cold Hub Press in August 2019 and was considered in The Listener to be one of the best 10 volumes published in 2020, and among the best 5 in The New Zealand Herald. A chapbook of new poems, 'Near Distance', will be published later this year.