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Tusiata Avia

Tusiata Avia is a Samoan, Palangi (New Zealand European) poet who explores Pasifika and cross-cultural themes; and the borders between traditional and contemporary life, and between place and the self. Avia’s critically acclaimed theatrical performance of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (2019) won Best Director, Best Production and Best Lighting Design at the Wellington Theatre Awards. In 2021, The Savage Coloniser Book won the Poetry Award at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.



Big Blak Poetry Read

Six of the fiercely best poets read three of their best poems. With Jazz Money, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Tony Birch, Kirli Saunders, Ellen van Neerven, plus International poet Tusiata Avia.

March 19, 2022