Elizabeth Smither has written five novels, five collections of short stories and seventeen poetry collections, the most recent of which was The Blue Coat (2013). She has twice won the major award for New Zealand poetry and was the 2001a"2003 Te Mata Poet Laureate. In 2004 she was awarded an honorary DLitt from the University of Auckland for her contribution to literature and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was given the Prime Ministeras Award for Literary Achievement in 2008. In 2016 she won the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, New Zealandas most valuable poetry award, judged by Paul Muldoon, and those poems are included in Night Horse.