Selina Tusitala Marsh

Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer
Selina Tusitala Marsh is the former New Zealand Poet Laureate and acclaimed performer and author. In 2019 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to poetry, literature and the Pacific community. In 2020 Selina was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. An Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Auckland, Selina teaches Pacific Literature and Creative Writing. Selina's area of research focuses on first wave Pacific women poets and silenced, marginalised indigenous literary voices to light. She has performed poetry for primary schoolers and presidents (Obama), queers and Queens (HRH Elizabeth II). She has published three critically acclaimed collections of poetry, Fast Talking PI (2009), Dark Sparring (2013), Tightrope (2017). Her graphic memoir, Mophead (2019), is shortlisted for the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
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