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Anahera Gildea

Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe, she/her) is a poet, short story writer, essayist, and ‘artivist’. Her first book Poroporoaki to the Lord My God: Weaving the Via Dolorosa was published by Seraph Press (2016) and her Ockhams shortlisted collection, Sedition was published by Taraheke (2022).

She is the co-editor of the bilingual literary journal Te Whē, holds an MA from the IIML, Graduate Diplomas in Psychology and Teaching, and is completing doctoral research at Te Herenga Waka│Victoria University of Wellington, developing critical literary theory based on Māori intellectual traditions.