Writing is my jam. It's honestly the only thing that I'm sorta
good at. Like, I can do a whole lot of stuff mediocrely (actually
I'm also a really good whistler), but... well writing is my total
heart language <3 (TBH I stole that line from a friend's little
When I was at primary school my Standard 4 teacher Ms Crook told
the entire class to put down their pencils and shut up, just so she
could read them one of my poems. She even repeated the last line
like 5 times. I think it was lost on them (it was lost on me too,
come on I was ten) - but she told me I should be a writer at which
point I thought she was cray. She really was cray though.
Years later as a teenager I'm at a party, absolutely written off
on watermelon vodka sitting in a bathtub. My friend is videoing me,
asking me what I wanna be when I grow up - I tell her 'a
wwriitteerr'. Then I spew.
And then, years after that, at an all too common moment of
existential panic, I applied to do an MA in poetry at the
International Institute of Modern Letters. I did this secretly cos
I didn't think I'd get in. And then I did and I also won the Biggs
poetry prize. That was the first time I ever had more than negative
$1000 in my bank account! And it's been declining ever since.
Cut to the present and I've been accepted to an international
writing residency for 3 weeks in Canada, with Chris Kraus, one of
my favourite writers in the world. I kid you not. I even did an art
project about her years ago because she is #GOALS. I also applied
for this in secret (I tell ya, it works!), and now I have to be all
loud about it because if I'm not I CAN'T AFFORD TO GET THERE!
I'm being as scroogy and scrimping as much as I can, but it's
only A FEW WEEKS AWAY and I need some help to take me the rest of
the way. I'm broke, but if I can't make it I'll also be
brokenhearted, and that ain't a good combo if you know me. The
money will go towards return flights, accommodation and the course
My goal is to raise $2000 to go towards some of my costs. All up
I need about $5000 so if any of you are ballin' chuck some money my
way! But seriously - ANY TINY LITTLE BIT HELPS.
I'll personally write a novel called I Love [Insert Name Here]
about each and everyone who donates. That's a lie. But I'll hold
you all dearly in my heart, and do some cool things, and get world
famous, so that you all know you were donating to the worthiest of
causes. And of course be absolutely thankful and humbled and in
awe. This is the first time I've done something like this, and I'm
so excited and nervous and feel like an impostor but I also want to
show my mum and dad that I can actually do stuff lol. And I need it
Please send this little small town Samoan Palagi freeq to
Canada! I love you! But not as much as Dick!
Help me reach my ultimate goal of $5000!
5 DAYS AGO
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED THEIR <3 AND $$ THUS FAR. Even though I"m a writer I can't express how much I am touched, humbled, blessed by the generosity of friends and strangers. Life can be beautiful like our fave rebel without a cause James Dean has said.
I am stoked and at having reached beyond my target with the help of all of you, but my ultimate goal is $5000. All proceeds will go towards flights, accommodation and course costs. Saving my own dosh as much as possible, but the short notice has left me on the hustle.
Thank you so much for helping me, my eyes are draining the town water supply rn. Love you all!