essa may ranapiri (Ngāti Raukawa) are a nonbinary/takatāpui poet from Kirikiriroa. Their work has appeared previously in Mayhem, Poetry NZ, Brief, Sport, Starling, Mimicry, THEM and POETRY Magazine. They graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington in 2018. Their first book of poetry ransack was published July 2019 from VUP. They will write until they’re dead.
Your Waha Your Way – Poetry with Tayi Tibble & essay may ranapiriSaturday 5th October, 8.30am-10.30am (Rangatahi priority)
Saturday 5th October, 2.00pm-4.00pm. Limited numbers (registration required)
This workshop is aimed at young Māori poets trying to find their voice and own it. Convened by graduates from the International Institute of Modern Letters, this workshop will follow the ‘Iowa Workshop model’ where participants are asked to bring with them a poem in progress to be workshopped by way of feedback from the group. This workshop will focus on the writers’ technical skills; the ability to hone their imagery, use space in the air and on the page, and the opportunity to express what is rattling in their lungs and buzzing in their heads. Join this workshop to meet like-minded writers and be part of the crew that’s going to lead the open mic on Saturday night!