"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

Scholarly Articles, Special Issues, and Edited Collections

  • My articles have been published in The Contemporary Pacific (2022) and New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific, eds. Matthew Hayward and Maebh Long (Routledge, 2019). They are forthcoming in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) (2022) and Studies in the Novel (2022). Contact me for more details.

  • Expanding Black and Indigenous Ecologies. Special issue of English Language Notes 62.1. Co-editor with Delali Kumavie. Forthcoming, April 2024.

  • Global Visions from Oceania. Special issue of Literature Compass. Co-editor with Tina Makereti. Forthcoming.

  • Deep Horizons: A Multisensory Archive of Ecological Casualties & Prospects. Co-editor with Brianne Cohen and Erin Espelie. Forthcoming, Amherst College Press, 2023.

Collaborative Public Writing Examples


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

  • “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. Reprinted as “What It’s Like to Have a Hummingbird Heart,”  on Vice.com, 17 Oct. 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. Reprinted as “Never Coming Home” ” in Home: New Writing from New Zealand, ed. Thom Conroy, Massey University Press, 2017.

Review Essays/ Book Reviews

  • Review of Craig Santos Perez's From Unincorporated Territory series, Chicago Review 64: 1/2/3, June 2021: 335-341.

  • 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.

Selected Creative Writing Awards & Recognition
  • Commended: Landfall Essay Competition, 2021

  • 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