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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.
Current Writer - Hinemoana Baker
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.
[Click on thumbnail image to view writer portrait. All portraits copyright Robert Cross.]