Born in Auckland and of mixed European, Tongan, and Rotuman descent, Eggleton spent part his formative years in both Fiji and Auckland, dropping out of school to take up performance music and poetry. Eggleton later moved to Dunedin, where he has been based since the 1980s.
Eggleton's creative output has been diverse, including mixed media recordings involving poetry and music, several volumes of poetry, histories of New Zealand music and photography, and a large number of literary reviews. He is also an established Art Critic, writing regularly for Art New Zealand, which is New Zealand's major visual arts journal. He has been editor of New Zealand's premier literary journal, Landfall, since 2010. He was also made the Editor of Landfall Review Online in 2010. He is a six-time Montana New Zealand Reviewer of the Year. Other awards have included a Robert Burns Fellowship from the University of Otago in 1990, London Time Out's Street Poet of the Year (1985), the 2015 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award for Poetry, and in 2016 the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (in poetry).His collection of poems, The Conch Trumpet (Otago University Press, 2015), won the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for poetry. A video, For Art's Sake: Art and Politics. Performance Poet David Eggleton, won the TV Arts Documentary prize in the 1997 Qantas Media Awards.
He has received more awards but his Wikipedia page can't keep up. Here is an interesting article http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/72071960/Kiwi-poet-David-Eggleton-reveals-his-inspirations