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Anahera Gildea

Anahera Maire Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe) is a writer and artivist. She has worked extensively as a visual and performing artist, writer, and teacher. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has been an award finalist for both her poetry and short stories. Anahera has won the Huia Best Novel Extract in English and the Takahe Short story competition. In 2016 she published a book of poetry Poroporoaki to the Lord My God, Weaving the Via Dolorosa.

In 2022 her long-awaited first full-length collection Sedition was published by the collective Taraheke (of which she is a founding member), much to the delight of her readership.