Frank William Nielsen Wright was born in Sydenham, Christchurch, in 1933 and educated at Christchurch Boys High and Canterbury University and Victoria University of Wellington (where he was awarded his PhD in 1974). His major literary work is the epic poem, The Alexandrians,
published in 120 Books from 1961–2007. In 1966 he received international recognition with the publication of his collection, The Imaginings of the Heart (Book 7 of The Alexandrians), through The Chiron Press, Kansas, USA. His awards include the Bevan Brown Memorial Prize for Classics, 1951, and the W E Collins Prize in English Literature, 1965. As a publisher, writer, and critic, Wright has authored and published since the 1970s a wide range of books/pamphlets on literature, mostly focusing on New Zealand literature. Father of two children, he lives in the
Wellington suburb of Northland with his wife. He is currently involved in running the Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa, with Michael O’Leary. A new selection of his poems edited by Mark Pirie, The Pop Artist's Garland, was published by HeadworX in 2010.