Poetry Live 2018 begins on Waitangi Day – let’s go straight into the crucible of New Zealand’s alleged history and well-spun race relations.
Poetry Live presents;
Lukas Wharekura and Vaughan Rapatahana
Vaughan Rapatahana commutes between Hong Kong SAR, Philippines and Aotearoa New Zealand. He’s widely published across several genre in Maori, English and other languages. He was a semi-finalist in the Proverse Prize for Literature in 2009; highly commended in the 2013 erbacce poetry prize (from 6000+ entrants); won the inaugural Proverse Poetry prize in 2016, the same year as his poetry collection Atonement was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines. His latest poetry collection is ternion (erbacce-press, Liverpool, England).
Rapatahana has a PhD in existential philosophy from University of Auckland – he is also a language critic and instigated and co-edited English language as Hydra and Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters, U.K, 2012 and 2016).
Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform
See you there!