Sedition or Surrender
Michaela Keeble + Anahera Gildea + Cassandra Barnett
Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library
Country of Focus / Main Festival
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
Can poets and writers speak with each other productively across colonial, racial and linguistic lines? The authors of two new poetry collections, Sedition and Surrender, challenge the status quo in New Zealand literature, not only in terms of poetic content but in the publishing model itself.
Panel: Michaela Keeble, Anahera Gildea
Chair: Cassandra Barnett
Michaela Keeble is a white Australian writer living in Aotearoa with her partner and kids. Her first full-length collection Surrender is due for release in April 2022 (Taraheke | Bushlawyer), following up on her concertina climate chapbook "intertidal", published in early 2021. A children's book, co-authored with her son Kerehi Grace and illustrated by Tokerau Brown, is forthcoming from Gecko Press in late 2022. Watch out for Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai! Michaela's poetry and short fiction have been published and anthologised widely, including in Intimate Relations: Communicating in the Anthropocene (Lexington Press, 2021).
Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe) is a poet, essayist, and ‘artivist’. Her work has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, and her first book was published by Seraph Press in 2016. She has worked extensively as a visual artist, performing artist, writer and teacher. Her doctoral research is focused on developing critical literary theory based on Māori intellectual traditions and on nourishing the soil of Māori literature ahakoa te aha.
Cassandra Barnett (Raukawa, Pākehā) is a writer of poems, essays, stories, watercolours, whenua (land) and sound. Her 2021 chapbook How | Hao is a poignant attempt to converse with Tāne Mahuta and Wheke - Māori atua (deities) of the forest - with the help of AI text generators and other constraints. How | Hao was published by Thechroniclesof Press, and features linocuts by the writer. Other work by Cassandra can be found in journals including Cordite, Landfall, Action | Spectacle, Pantograph Punch, Ate Journal of Contemporary Māori Art, Counterfutures, South as a State of Mind (Documenta 14), Te Whē ki Tukorehe,Turbine | Kapohau, Brief and OraNui; and in books including No Other Place to Stand (Auckland UP 2022), Robin White: Something is Happening Here (Te Papa Press 2022), Te Manu Huna a Tāne (Massey UP 2020), Huia Short Stories 13 (Huia 2019) and Black Marks on the White Page (Penguin Random House 2017).