I cannot write a poem about Gaza
from Fale Aitu | Spirit House
(Victoria University Press)
Tusiata Avia was born in Christchurch in 1966, of Samoan descent. She is an acclaimed poet, performer and children’s book writer. Her previous poetry collections are Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (VUP, 2004; also staged as a one-woman theatre show around the world from 2002–2008) and Bloodclot (VUP, 2009). Her latest collection Fale Aitu / Spirit House (VUP, 2016) was shortlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards 2017. Avia has held the Fulbright Pacific Writer’s Fellowship at the University of Hawai’i in 2005 and the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at University of Canterbury in 2010. She was also the 2013 recipient of the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. She teaches creative writing and performing arts at Manukau Institute of Technology.
Tusiata Avia’s Choice: ‘Fear of Flying (in broken Gilbertese)’ by Teresia Teaiwa