Tusiata Avia

ANZL Member

Leading Pacific poet, performer and children’s author Tusiata Avia has travelled the world performing her one-woman poetry show, based on her 2004 collection Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. Tusiata’s other poetry collections are Bloodclot (2009), and Fale Aitu Spirit House (VUP, 2016). Her  collection, Fale Aitu was shortlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.  

She has held a number of residencies including the Fulbright Pacific Writer’s Fellowship at University of Hawai’i and the Ursula Bethel Writer in Residence at University of Canterbury and was the 2013 recipient of the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. She taught creative writing and performing arts at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

Tusiata was awarded an MNZM for services to poetry and the arts in the 2020 Queens Birthday Honours.



Tusiata Avia’s website

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

NZ Electronic Poetry Centre poet page

Victoria University Press author page


Bibliography: Tusiata Avia



Fale Aitu Spirit House (Victoria UP, 2016)

Bloodclot (Victoria UP, 2009)

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (Victoria UP, 2004)



Mele and the Fofo (For children: 2004)

The Song (For children: 2002)






'Many of our best stories profit from a meeting of New Zealand and overseas influences' - Owen Marshall

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