Award winning poets, Tayi Tibble and Helen Heath take on poetry in Aotearoa now!
Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou) was born in 1995 and lives in Wellington. In 2017 she completed a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, where she was the recipient of the Adam Foundation Prize. Poūkahangatus is her first book.
Helen Heath is a poet whose work is curious and clear-eyed in its investigation of both scientific and domestic worlds, and seeks to question where they overlap and intersect. Her debut poetry collection Graft was published in 2012 and received several awards for science writing, as well as the Jessie McKay award for Best First Book of Poetry in the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Her second collection, Are Friends Electric?,won the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry at the 2019 Ockham New Zealand book awards.Heath has actively collaborated with crafters, textile makers and other visual artists to produce poetry that both responds to and triggers new work in other mediums and forms. Her poetry has been published in journals in New Zealand, the UK, USA, and Australia.