International Institute of Modern Letters

Writer in Residence

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About the Residency

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The Victoria University of Wellington / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence appointment is jointly funded by Victoria University of Wellington and Creative New Zealand (subject to annual confirmation). It has been created to foster New Zealand writing by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time within an academic environment for the period of tenure.

Applications are invited from writers in all areas of literary activity, including drama, fiction and poetry, New Zealand art, biography, history, music, society and culture, etc. Applicants should be authors of proven merit normally resident in New Zealand or New Zealanders currently resident overseas. There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but they should not be employees of Creative New Zealand or Victoria University, or have been employed by Victoria University in the twelve months prior to the closing date.

 A full role description and application is made available on Victoria’s website (and linked from this page) when the appointment is advertised; usually from July each year.

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Current Writer - Hinemoana Baker

Hinemoana Baker (photograph by Gregory Crow)

New Zealand poet, playwright and performer Hinemoana Baker is best known for her volumes of poetry, mātuhi / needle, published by Victoria University Press and the California-based Perceval Press, and kōiwi kōiwi / bone bone, published by Victoria University Press in 2010. She has also published children's writing and essays, and her work has been selected for literary collections both in New Zealand and abroad.

Hinemoana has participated in numerous international literary residencies and exchanges, including in Queensland, Fiji, New York City and most recently in Austria and Germany, as well as at the University of Iowa. At the Frankfurt Book Fair she represented 'New Zealand as Country of Honour' in the handover ceremony to close the pavilion. She has also worked for many years as a poetry tutor and editor at Whitireia New Zealand.

During her residency she plans to complete her third poetry collection, as well as a longer work of non-fiction.

Read more:

Hinemoana Baker's website

Victoria University Press author page

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Previous Writers

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 2013  Carl Shuker  Carl Shuker
2012 Bernard Beckett image to come
2011 Albert Belz Albert Belz

2010

Jenny Bornholdt

Jenny Bornholdt

2009

Paula Boock

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2008

David Geary

David Geary

2007

Dave Armstrong

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2006

Bernadette Hall

Bernadette Hall

2005

Stephanie de Montalk

Stephanie de Montalk

2004

James Brown

James Brown

2003

Briar Grace-Smith

Briar Grace-Smith

2002

Chris Orsman

Chris Orsman

2001

Charlotte Randall

Charlotte Randall

2000

Damien Wilkins

Damien Wilkins

1999

Barbara Else

Barbara Else

1998

Lorae Parry

Lorae Parry

1997

Elizabeth Knox

Elizabeth Knox

1996

Jane Tolerton

Jane Tolerton

1995

Gregory O'Brien

Gregory OBrien

1994

Chris Pugsley

Chris Pugsley

1993

Jack Lasenby

Jack Lasenby

1992

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

1991

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson

1990

Marilyn Duckworth

Marilyn Duckworth

1989

Maurice Gee

Maurice Gee

1988

Fiona Kidman

Fiona Kidman

1987

Lauris Edmond

Lauris Edmond

1986

Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Stevan Eldred-Grigg

1985

Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace

1984

Ian Wedde

Ian Wedde

1983

Michael King

Michael King

1982

Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera

1981

Vincent O'Sullivan

Vincent OSullivan

1980

Louis Johnson

Louis Johnson

1979

Joe Musaphia

Joe Musaphia