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FRIDAY 26 AUGUST 5:30-7:30PM




Come and help us celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday 26 August with a poetry walk starting at Riff Raff Statue and moving to Browsers Bookshop, Creative Waikato and Wintec's Social Space in Collingwood St. We've invited a range of emerging poets to read their work.

Our final stop will have zines and poetry books for sale from emerging and established Kirikiriroa poets. If you would like to sell your work after joining us on the walk, please contact us.



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Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor was awarded the 2018 Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition, and the 2017 Monash Prize for Emerging Writers. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Starling, Mayhem, Landfall, Brief, Turbine, Stasis, Sport and Minarets.

Abigail Marshall

Abigail is a Kirikiriroa writer, and a student at the University of Waikato. Her poems and short stories can be found in Landfall 243, Flash Frontier and Mayhem Literary Journal. 

Bianca Rogers-Mott

Bianca is a poet based in Kirikiriroa Hamilton who comes from a long  line of strong women. This experience often makes itself obvious in her work where she expresses herself through a love of words. You can find her work in Mayhem, Starling, and NZ Poetry Shelf.

Brittany Rose


Brittany is a 30 year old word nerd who wants to learn to levitate. Since she is not a ballerina in Harrison Bergeron, she instead fills her time with active flexibility training, cottage core vibes and poetry. Find her on Instagram @book_mumma

Bruce Cooper

Bruce is inspired by the novice, educated by experience and learning to know his lane. Find him on @bcoops73

Dadon Rowell

Dadon is a Kirikiriroa-based poet and short fiction writer. Her work has featured in Mayhem, Food Court, Poetry NZ, Sweet Mammalian, Aotearotica & Starling. Most recently she co-won the NZYWF 24-hour Flash Fiction Competition. She dabbles in words and arty things on Instagram @dadon.rowell

Imé Corkery

Imé is a chronic illness warrior by design and a poet by choice. She loves to write about all the things that make for awkward conversations. Find her on TikTok @authentically_mey

Jessie Burnette

Jessie is a University of Waikato student currently completing a Masters thesis in English. She is passionate about literature, linguistics, and creative writing, and has previously had her work published in Mayhem Literary Magazine and Poetry New Zealand. She can be found on Twitter  @JessiePBurnette

Liam Hinton

Liam is a Kirikiriroa-based creative and co-founder of One Question Theatre. His poetry can be found in print in Poetry New Zealand, or online in Starling and Mayhem Literary Journal.

Liam McBreen

Liam graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature

and is currently studying towards a Masters in Professional Writing. His work has been published in Poetry NZ and Mayhem Literary Journal.

Mark Prisco

Mark is a PhD student at Waikato University. He has had work published in BlazeVoxMayhem, Minarets and Poetry New Zealand

Maryana Garcia

Maryana is a journalist and poet fascinated by everyday miracles. Her poetry has been published in A Clear Dawn, Ko Aotearoa Tatou, Poetry New Zealand 2021, and Takahē. Maryana also posts word and image experiments on Instagram as @ripagepoet. She can be found on Twitter  @mggarciawrites

Melody May (fka Melody Wilkinson)

Melody completed her English with Creative Practice PhD at the University of Waikato. Her creative and academic focus is on changing the way women are represented in literature and other media, especially women suffering from chronic pain. She’s been published in Mortality and the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, Mayhem Literary JournalPoetry New Zealand, Sweet Mammalian, and her screenplay won the Sam Barn’s Award for excellence.

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