Maori & Tauiwi Literature Lecture (Wellington, New Zealand)

Lecture Description

This one-time presentation, entitled "From Baxter to Blogs: A View of Contemporary Māori and Tauiwi Literature in Aotearoa and New Zealand," will link University of Iowa undergraduates enrolled in the first year honors seminar “Learning about the Social World from Fiction” and New Zealand-based poet and musician Hinemoana Baker. Baker’s lecture will provide a chronological sampling of major Māori poetry and fiction and conclude with a short performance of Baker’s own work followed by a brief Q&A session.


Hinemoana BAKER is a New Zealand-based poet and musician. She published her first book of poems Matuhi | Needle in 2004 and attended the International Writing Program as a fall resident in 2010.

Happening Now

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  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

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