Selina Tusitala Marsh is this country’s first woman of colour Poet Laureate and as Commonwealth Poet she performed for the Queen and recently welcomed Barack Obama to New Zealand. She is also an associate professor at Auckland University, juggling international festivals and academic conferences with her busy family life – and marathon-racing. So many women share this kind of extremely demanding existence, as we try to do everything and do it excellently. Guest programmer Tusiata Avia, sister poet and friend from the frontlines, talks to Selina about her life, her poetry and how women, under pressure, may burn bright but not out.
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