14th May 2013 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poet: Kiri Piahana-Wong
About *night swimming*:
Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa / the mighty Pacific Ocean pervades *night swimming* – whether swimming or sailing, surfing or drifting, or just quietly contemplating, the author is never far from its shores. These are lyrical poems of aroha and whanau, loss and yearning, renewal and erasure – the tide going out, the tide coming in.
Kiri Piahana-Wong is a New Zealander of Māori (Ngāti Ranginui), Chinese and Pākehā (English) ancestry. She has degrees in law and English literature from the University of Auckland, and has had a varied working life, including roles as a legal editor, sailing instructor, freelance writer, event manager and publisher. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, most recently in* Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems*(Godwit), *Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English* (AUP), *Trout, JAAM*and *Ora Nui*. Kiri was an MC at Poetry Live from 2010-11. She lives at Laingholm on Auckland’s west coast. Night swimming is her first collection.
*with readings from the book by Kiri and special guests.
Guest Musician: Soul Station
Kicking off in 2010, alt soul band Soul Station were originally a five piece group featuring MCs, a beat boxer and vocalists who quickly became
well-known around Auckland’s music scene for their impressive fusion of hip hop beats, soulful vocals and RnB flavour. Reborn in 2013, they’ve taken it
up a level with a drummer, bass player, and guitarist filling out the lineup, and with their original soulful groove remaining stronger than ever
– don’t miss these guys.