Huge congratulations to Chris Tse who is New Zealand/Aotearoa’s new poet laureate. During the two-year tenure, the laureate receives a stipend of $100,000 and advocates for Aotearoa’s poet community, promotes poetry and produces published works.

Chris is the thirteenth poet laureate following on from David Eggleton and NZ’s first ever poet laureate who is both Asian-Kiwi and openly queer. His award-winning first full-length poetry collection, How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, was published in 2014, and in 2018 he published his second collection, HE’S SO MASC, to further acclaim. In 2021, Chris co-edited Out Here the first major anthology of 69 takatāpui and queer writers from Aotearoa, and his third collection, Super Model Minority, was published this year.

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