"What It's Like to Have a Hummingbird Heart" on Vice.com

On Guernica

Full Vita available on request

Book in Progress

One Salt Water: Writing the Pacific Ocean in Contemporary Indigenous Protest Literatures


  • “One Salt Water: The Storied Work of Trans-Indigenous Decolonial Imagining With West Papua.” The Contemporary Pacific. Forthcoming, March 2022.

  • “Mapping Modernity in Guam: The unincorporated Ecologies of Craig Santos Perez’s Poetics.” New Oceania: Modernism and Modernity in the Pacific, edited by Matthew Hayward and Maebh Long. Routledge. Oct. 2019. 


Public Scholarship

  • Three Infographic Reflections on the Upper Mississippi.” Part of a blog series, “Humanities Without Walls in the Upper Mississippi,” from the project “Indigenous Art and Activism in Changing Climates” (with Sara Černe, Agléška R. Cohen-Rencountre, Andrew Freiman, and Samantha Majhor). The Repatriation Files, 1 Feb. 2019.

  • Two West Papuan Writers You Should Read.Indonesian Writers, 11 Aug. 2018.


Selected Short Fiction

  • "True Things." Blue Earth Review 23, Dec. 2019.

  • “Flounder,” Landfall 235, May 2018.

  • “The Desert Road,” takahē 92, Apr. 2018.

  • Mango Season,” Guernica, 8 May 2017.

  • “Fishing Boy.” Headland I, Jan. 2015.

  • “Cone Gathering.’” Meniscus 2.1 (2014): 35-40.

  • “The Other Side of Sunshine.” Deep South, Feb. 2014.

  • Extract of novel-in-progress. Summer Reads. The Dominion Post, 17 Jan. 2014.

  • “Another Side of White.” takahē 80 (Dec. 2013): 50-53.

  • “What Happened to Samuel Beckett?” Bravado (2010): 15-18.

  • “One Silver Earring.” The Nelson Mail (2008).


Selected Poetry

  • This is my yum," Hawai'i Review Online, May 29, 2019.

  • “Catcall on Oakton Street,” Poetry NZ Yearbook 53, 2019. 

  • “Kina.” Ika 2, 2014.

  • “The Opportunity Shop.” Ika 2, 2014.

  • “That Summer.” Given an Ordinary Stone, New Zealand Poetry Society Anthology (2013).

  • “Market Excursion in West Papua.” Blast Furnace 3.2 (2013).

  • “Samaki.” Blast Furnance 3.2 (2013).

  • “There are no love letters.” Manawatu Standard 3 Mar. 2012.  

Creative Nonfiction

  • “The Aloes,” Geometry 4, Nov/Dec 2018.

  • “Naming,” in Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety, ed. Naomi Arnold, Victoria University Press, 2018.

  • "The Books that Formed My Childhood,The Sapling, 15 June, 2018.

  • “A Farewell to an Adopted Nation.” HEAT: An Anthology of Southeast Asian Urban Writing, Kuala Lumpur: Fixi Novo, 2016.

Review Essays/ Book Reviews

  • Review of Craig Santos Perez's From Unincorporated Territory series, Chicago Review (forthcoming 2019)

  • Review of New Sea Land by Tim Jones, a fine line: the journal of the New Zealand Poetry Society, Aug 2018.

  • “Literature of a Lonely Land,” Review of The Lonely and the Alone: The Politics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction. By Doreen D’Cruz and John C. Ross, definingnz, Jan 2012: 2-3.


  • What It’s Like to Have a Hummingbird Heart,” reprint of “Naming” on Vice.com, 17 Oct. 2018.

  • “Never Coming Home.” Version of “A Farewell to an Adopted Nation,” in Home: New Writing from New Zealand, ed. Thom Conroy, Massey University Press, 2017.

  • "Fishing Boy.” Republished by Penguin NZ for Short Story Club with Jesse Mulligan, Radio NZ, 21 April, 2017.

Selected Creative Writing Awards & Recognition
  • Shortlisted: William Saroyan International Prize for Writing 2018

  • Long-listed: Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2018

  • Shortlisted: takahē Magazine Short Story Competition, 2018

  • Long-listed: Room Magazine Short Story Competition, 2017

  • Highly Commended: The Moth Short Story Prize, 2017

  • Long-listed: Fish Publishing Fiction Prize, 2017

  • Shortlisted: Commonwealth Short Story Prize, 2016

  • Highly Commended: BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award, 2013

  • Winner and Runner-Up: AA Directions New Travel Writer of the Year, 2011


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