Selina Tusitala Marsh (ONZM, FRSNZ) is the former New Zealand Poet Laureate and an acclaimed performer and author. In 2019 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to poetry, literature and the Pacific community and was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. An Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Auckland, Selina teaches Creative Writing and Pacific Literature. Selina’s area of research focuses on hearing silenced or marginalised indigenous poetic voices. She has performed poetry for primary schoolers and presidents (Obama), queers and Queens (HRH Elizabeth II). She has published three critically acclaimed collections of poetry, Fast Talking PI (2009), Dark Sparring (2013), Tightrope (2017) and a graphic memoir, Mophead (2019).
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Events at Word
THE GREAT WORD STORY HUNT!Saturday, 31 October 10:30 am
Join the family story hunt in the library! Find clues that will lead you to the next story. With Selina Tusitala Marsh, Weng Wai Chan, Loopy Tunes, Jonathan King and Elissa Weissman.
TUSIATA AVIA: THE SAVAGE COLONISER BOOK LAUNCHSaturday, 31 October 8:00 pm
Join Tusiata Avia for the launch of her much-anticipated new collection The Savage Coloniser Book, with special guests Selina Tusitala Marsh and FAFSWAG's Pati Solomona Tyrell. Doors open at 7.30pm.
READ ALOUD SCHOOLS DAYFriday, 30 October 10:00 am
The Read Aloud Schools Day is a festival institution that celebrates writing for children and young adults and brings together some of our best New Zealand authors to inspire youthful readers and writers.
WILD HONEY: A CELEBRATION OF NEW ZEALAND WOMEN’S POETRYSaturday, 31 October 4:30 pm
A celebration of New Zealand women's poetry with Wild Honey author Paula Green and three generations of some of our finest female poets.
ADVENTUROUS WOMENThursday, 29 October 7:00 pm
SOLD OUT Four extraordinary women tell stories from their adventurous lives. Featuring Selina Tusitala Marsh, Kaiora Tipene, Miriam Lancewood and Annabel Langbein. Hosted by Miriama Kamo.
KO AOTEAROA TĀTOU | WE ARE NEW ZEALANDFriday, 30 October 5:00 pm
In Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, writers and artists respond to the questions: What is New Zealand? Who are New Zealanders? With Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, essa may ranapiri, Donna Miles-Mojab, Mohamed Hassan, Tusiata Avia and more.