James K. Baxter

James Keir Baxter (29 June 1926 – 22 October 1972) was a New Zealand poet and playwright. He was also known as an activist for the preservation of Māori culture. He is one of New Zealand's most well-known and controversial literary figures. He was a prolific writer who produced numerous poems, plays and articles in his short life, and was regarded as the preeminent writer of his generation. He suffered from alcoholism until the late 1950s. He converted to Catholicism and established a controversial commune at Jerusalem, New Zealand in 1969. He was married to Jacquie Sturm, a writer in her own right.

James K. Baxter
Baxter in circa 1955
BornJames Keir Baxter
(1926-06-29)29 June 1926
Dunedin, New Zealand
Died22 October 1972(1972-10-22) (aged 46)
Auckland, New Zealand
OccupationPoet
NationalityNew Zealander
Period1944–1972
Literary movementWellington Group
Spouse
(m. 19481972)