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Chris Tse

Chris Tse (he/him) is the author of three poetry collections published by Auckland University Press: How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes (winner of the 2016 Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry); HE’S SO MASC; and Super Model Minority. He and Emma Barnes are co-editors of Out Here: An anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa. Chris is The Spinoff’s Poetry Editor and a regular contributor to Capital. In August 2022 he was named the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2022-24.

Airini Beautrais

Airini lives in Whanganui. She is the author of four collections of poetry and a collection of short fiction, Bug Week. In 2021 Bug Week won the Jann Medlicott Acorn Foundation Prize at the Ockham NZ Book Awards. Airini has many years of experience in education including teaching creative writing to students of all ages. She has a PhD …

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Nina Mingya Powles

Nina Mingya Powles is a writer, zinemaker and librarian from Aotearoa, currently living in London. Her poetry collection Magnolia 木蘭 (2020) was a finalist in the Ockham Book Awards and the Forward Prize. She is also the author of several zines and pamphlets, as well as a food memoir, Tiny Moons (2020) and a collection of essays, Small Bodies of Water (2021). …

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Gem Wilder

Gem Wilder is a Wellington-based writer, reader, arts lover, mother, DJ, and dancer. They have published and performed their work in Sport, Turbine Kapohau, Is it Bedtime Yet?, Out Here, The Spinoff, The Sapling, LitCrawl, Enjoy Gallery, Chop Suey Hui, and The Dowse. Their work often focuses on family, ritual, religion, and their hometown, Te …

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Sinead Overbye

Sinead Overbye (Te Whānau a Kai, Ngāti Porou) is a researcher, historian, and writer living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Her work has been published in Starling, RNZ, Turbine | Kapohau, and Sport, among other places. She completed her BA in Art History in 2017, and her MA in Creative Writing at the IIML in 2018. Sinead …

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Therese Lloyd

Therese Lloyd’s first full-length poetry collection, Other Animals, was published by VUP in 2013, and her second collection The Facts (VUP, 2018) was a finalist at the 2019 Ockham NZ Book Awards. She was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing in 2017 from Victoria University where her research focus was ekphrasis, poetry about visual art. …

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Rebecca Priestley

Rebecca Priestley’s nonfiction writing – books, essays, and articles – deals with gnarly global issues such as climate change, sea-level rise, and the Covid-19 pandemic. She was a science columnist for The Listener for six years, launched (with Ashleigh Young) a creative science writing course at the IIML, and is an associate professor at the …

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Alison Wong (Image by Phil Nitchie)

Alison Wong

Alison Wong’s poetry collection, Cup (Steele Roberts, 2006) was shortlisted for the Jessie Mackay Award for first book of poetry at the 2007 Montana NZ Book Awards. Her work was selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2015, 2007 and 2006. An NZSA mentor, Alison was a poetry judge for the 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards …

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Brannavan Gnanalingam

Brannavan Gnanalingam

Brannavan Gnanalingam is a novelist and lawyer based in Wellington. He has written six novels, including Sprigs which was released in 2020. His fifth novel Sodden Downstream was shortlisted for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the 2018 Ockham Book Awards and his fourth, A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse was longlisted …

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Pip Adam credit to Victoria Birkinshaw

Pip Adam

Pip Adam gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria University of Wellington in 2007, and a PhD in 2012. Pip facilitates writing workshops with various communities. Her work has appeared in publications in Aotearoa and overseas including Sport, Turbine, Hue & Cry, Landfall, Metro, JAAM, Pantograph Punch, Five Dials and Van voor …

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