Carl Nixon

Carl is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and seven acclaimed plays for adults. When asked what genre he prefers writing in, he often says, "whatever one I'm not working on at the moment". His novels have been published in both New Zealand and Germany and have been long-listed for several major international awards.

He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1967 where he still lives with his wife and two children. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Canterbury University and a Diploma of Teaching. While at university Carl was a founding member of the Court Jesters Improvisational troupe based at the Court Theatre. His early forays into writing were scripts for young audiences.

Carl has twice won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Contest (1997, 1999). He won New Zealand's top short story prize, the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Contest, in 2007. His novel, Rocking Horse Road, appeared on lists of the top crime novels of 2012 in Germany.

Carl was the 2006 Ursula Bethell /Creative New Zealand Writer-in-Residence at Canterbury University. He has been awarded two Creative New Zealand grants, plus the Beatson Fellowship in 2011. He represented New Zealand at the Frankfurt International Book Fair in both 2012 and 2013.