I am a writer, creative writing teacher and musician of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa , English and German heritage. I'm passionate about using language and sound to bring things out into the light to be examined, recalibrated, celebrated.
I'm known mainly as a poet, but this year I am challenging myself with another form in order to tell some family stories that have haunted me for a long time: 'Hard times and healing' (Nelson Evening Mail)
My first poetry book, mātuhi | needle, was co-published in New Zealand (by Victoria University Press) and in the US (by actor and writer Viggo Mortensen's publishing house, Perceval Press. My second collection is kōiwi kōiwi | bone bone (VUP 2010) and my most recent, 'waha | mouth' (VUP 2014) was named as one of the NZ Listener's Top Poetry Books of 2014.
I'm a proud and grateful graduate of the prestigious MA programme at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, Wellington.
You can read more about me on my website.
Special thanks to Robert Cross who took this photograph of me.