25thAugust 2015 @ Poetrylive
8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Annual Resurrection Night
Poetry Live invites you to dress up as, or pay homage to,
a favourite dead poet in the lead up to National Poetry Day.
featuring Selina Tusitala & Emma Paki
Of Sāmoan, Tuvaluan, English and French descent, Selina Tusitala Marsh was the first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland and is now a lecturer in the English Department, specialising in Pasifika literature. Her first collection, the bestselling Fast Talking PI, won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 2010. She represented Tuvalu at the London Olympics Poetry Parnassus event in 2012. Selina’s work has been translated into Ukrainian and Spanish and has appeared in numerous forms in schools, museums, parks, billboards, print and online literary journals. Her second collection, Dark Sparring, was published in 2013.
Emma Paki has performed music professionally since 1985. Born in Whakatane, named by her ancestress, Wairaka, Emma got her first guitar aged eight and started piano lessons, writing her first original song at the age of ten. Her first recorded song at age nineteen, Wanea Ngakau, was favoured by Maori and Student Radio. In 1993 her single; System Virtue, won Best Songwriter, Most Promising Female Vocalist and Best Music Video at the NZ Music Awards. Emma’s debut album Oxygen of Love reached Gold status in NZ and was well received by music lovers and critics alike:
“Quite simply the most beautiful album I’ve ever clapped ears on. These songs are bittersweet and fragile enough to shatter at a touch. She could sing extracts from the Road Code and it’d send tremors through your soul” Waikato Times.
Her album Trinity released in 2010 is available online at amplifier.co.nz
Not to be missed!- though if you’re unable to see her on Tuesday night, her next gig is at the Black Note on Thursday 24th September.
Open mic: all welcome to read/perform
MCs: Kiri, Rachael, Michelle & Tim