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Kiri Piahana-Wong

Kiri Piahana-Wong is a poet and editor, and she is the publisher at Anahera Press. Kiri’s poetry has appeared in over forty journals and anthologies, including Essential NZ Poems, Landfall, Poetry NZ, Puna Wai Kōrero, Tātai Whetū: Seven Māori Women Poets in Translation, A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children, Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love …

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Ingrid’s creative publications span two decades and a number of genres, including two poetry books, two books of narrative nonfiction/travel writing, and an edited collection on imaginings of place in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her writing increasingly has an ecological focus, culminating in her most recent book, Where We Swim, which is part memoir, part essay, part …

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Sasha Francis

Sasha Francis is a Pākehā writer, artist, community activist, and publisher with 5ever books, based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.  She mostly writes experimental philosophy and poetry, and has won awards for her zines, ‘Blood Notes’ (poetry) and ‘CRISIS’ (collage essay). In 2018, she completed a Masters thesis in Sociology at VUW, examining the question of how …

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Catherine Cooper

Want help clarifying an idea? Feedback on a short writing sample? Practical tips for structuring your plot, developing your voice and characters, or setting—and meeting—your writing goals? Author and writing coach, Catherine Cooper offers 45-minute sessions for prose writers working on or contemplating a book-length work of fiction, nonfiction, or memoir. Catherine Cooper is an author …

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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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