Nikki-Lee Birdsey was born in Piha. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA from New York University. She has over 30 publications of poetry and prose in the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand including the chapbook Free That Hooker (Aero Press 2012). She is currently a PhD candidate at the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her first book Night as Day was published by VUP in 2019, work for which received a Pushcart Prize nomination in the United States.