Guest Curators 2019
We celebrate voices at Verb and one of the ways we do that is through guest curators who generously invest our programming with their communities, ideas, priorities and artistry. Here our our 2019 guest curators (more to be announced).
Morgan Godfery (Te Pahipoto, Lalomanu) is a writer and trade unionist. His work regularly appears in national outlets like the Spinoff and international outlets like the Guardian. Morgan also regularly appears on radio and television as a political commentator and in 2018 he fronted the RNZ interview series Matangireia. In 2017 Morgan was a non-fiction judge for the Ockham New Zealand Books Awards and the Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Celebrating Māori Books and Journalism. His own book, Māui Street, an essay collection, was published by Bridget Williams Books in 2018. Morgan is currently an associate at The Workshop, a public policy thinktank.
Tina Makereti writes essays, novels and short fiction. Her latest novel is The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke and she co-edited Black Marks on the White Page (2017), an anthology that celebrates Māori and Pasifika writing. In 2016 her story ‘Black Milk’ won the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific region. Her first novel Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction, also won by her short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (2010). Tina teaches creative writing and Oceanic literatures at Massey University.
Ben Fagan is a spoken word poet and producer from Te Matau-a-Māui & Te Whanganui-a-Tara. He has shared his work across the UK, USA and NZ, including writing and performing two poetry shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His debut collection Some Traveller was published in the UK in 2017, then in 2018 he co-founded Motif Poetry | Ruri Tūtohu, a kiwi poetry company. Ben previously worked for Apples and Snakes, England’s leading spoken word poetry organisation, and is part of the team behind the annual New Zealand Poetry Slam and the National Youth Drama School.
Chris Tse is a writer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of two collections of poetry published by Auckland University Press: How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes (winner of the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry and a finalist at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards) and HE'S SO MASC. His work has recently appeared in Best New Zealand Poems 2018 and Queen Mob's Teahouse: Teh Book (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019). Chris is currently co-editing with Emma Barnes an anthology of contemporary LGBTQIA+ Aotearoa New Zealand writers to be published by Auckland University Press. Photo by Rebecca MacMillan.
Sara Hirsch is a London-grown poet/educator currently based in Wellington. Her debut poetry collection Still Falling was published in 2016 with Burning Eye Books and she released her second collection Louder Than Words, with their imprint, BX3. Sara’s poetry has been published in four continents - in journals such as Poetry New Zealand, The Shanghai Literary Review and Magma and anthologies from The Emma Press, Spoken Word London and Platypus Press and her work has appeared on the BBC. She is a TEDx speaker, ranked third in the world poetry slam championships and is the co-founder of Motif Poetry.
Ataria Rangipikitia Sharman is the editor of online magazine Awa Wahine. Awa Wahine was conceived, when Ataria realised that there was nowhere for her writing to be published because it touched upon themes of Māori identity, mana wahine, menstruation, sex and contraception. She is an avid reader and writer and her manuscript for a children's fiction novel was selected to take part in Te Papa Tupu 2018 - a programme for selected Maori writers facilitated by Huia Publishers and the Māori Literature Trust. Earlier this year, Ataria completed her Master of Arts in Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Her thesis was titled "Mana Wahine and the Characteristics of our Atua Wāhine".