New Zealand
Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Auckland, where she teaches New Zealand and Pacific Literature and Creative Writing. Of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English and French descent, her critical and creative work focuses on giving voice to Pacific communities. She was a Poet Olympiad for the 2012 London Olympics, and her award-winning poetry collection, Fast Talking PI (Auckland University Press, 2009), featured at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair. It has been translated into Ukraine and Spanish. Her second poetry collection, Dark Sparring was also published by Auckland University Press (2013) and connects the act of sparring and the Tuvalu dance, faatele, with how one faces life’s adversaries of death, addiction, and disempowerment. She is currently writing a book investigating first wave Pacific women poets (1974-2008) and is the designer and facilitator of Best Leadership Academy’s Pasifika Mat programme which examines leadership through creativity.
Friday May 29th 8:30 pm 6. Literary Death Match: Aus & NZ Special!
Saturday May 30th 1:00 pm 17. South Country: 21st Century Antipodian Voices (I)

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