Frankie McMillan is a poet and short story writer. She is the author of five books, the most recent of which, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions was listed by Spinoff as one of the 10 best NZ fiction books of 2019. Her book, My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions (CUP) was longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. She was the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury in 2014, and at the Michael King Centre/University of Auckland in 2017. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Peter and Dianne Beatson NZSA award. Currently she teaches at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch.
Photo credit: Copyright University of Canterbury, photographer Duncan Shaw-Brown