I am a writer, researcher, and teacher, currently based at Northwestern University where I am a Presidential Fellow and PhD candidate in literature. My dissertation studies contemporary protest narratives, poetry, and art created by Indigenous authors from Oceania.
I was born in Nelson, New Zealand, but spent most of my childhood in West Papua. My first novel, The Earth Cries Out (Vintage NZ, 2017) grew from these experiences. The Earth Cries Out was shortlisted for the 2018 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and long-listed for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
I received my BA(Hons) in English and Master of Creative Writing in Fiction from Massey University. I was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2016, and have had poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction published in literary magazines and anthologies in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Malaysia. I was shortlisted for the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award in 2013, and named AA Directions’ New Travel Writer of the Year in 2011. I currently read fiction for TriQuarterly and am an Editor-at-Large for Indonesian Writers.
My work has been generously supported by Northwestern University's Presidential Society of Fellows, the Buffett Institute of Global Studies, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Cluster at Northwestern.