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essa may ranapiri

essa may ranapiri (Ngaati Raukawa, Te Arawa, Ngaati Puukeko, Clan Gunn, Horwood) is a poet/person/uri/thing who lives on Ngaati Wairere whenua.

they are the winner of the Janet Frame Poetry Prize for 2023 and the inaugural Keri Hulme Award. author of the books ransack and ECHIDNA. co-editor of the journal Kupu Toi Takataapui with Michelle Rahurahu. they have a great love for language, LAND BACK, and hot chips.

they have very little love for cops, landlords, and seafood. they will write until they’re dead.