Auckland-based poet and scholar Selina Tusitala Marsh reads from her award-winning collection, Fast Talking PI. NYU Performance Studies Graduate student and Indigeneous artist, facilitator, and organizer si dåko’ta alcantara-camacho introduces Dr. Marsh and guides the post-reading conversation.
Fast Talking PI and Dark Sparring: Poems, both by Selina Tusitala Marsh, will be available for purchase at a special 20% off discount following the program, courtesy of the NYU Bookstore.
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Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Auckland, where she teaches New Zealand and Pacific Literature and Creative Writing. Of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English and French descent, her critical and creative work focuses on giving voice to Pacific communities. She was a Poet Olympiad for the 2012 London Olympics, and her award-winning poetry collection, Fast Talking PI (Auckland University Press, 2009), featured at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair. It has been translated into Ukraine and Spanish. Her second poetry collection, Dark Sparring was also published by Auckland University Press (2013) and connects the act of sparring and the Tuvalu dance, faatele, with how one faces life’s adversaries of death, addiction, and disempowerment. She is currently writing a book investigating first wave Pacific women poets (1974-2008) and is the designer and facilitator of Best Leadership Academy’s Pasifika Mat programme which examines leadership through creativity. Tusitala was her grandfather’s name – it means ‘story teller.’
Born in Snohomish Territory (Everett, Washington) raised in Tscha-kole-chy (Whidbey Island, Washington) and Duwamish Territory (Seattle, WA), dåko’ta’s ancestry is Chamoru (Songsong Tomhom Manggåffan Che’ yan Songsong Mongmong Manggåffan Eggeng) and Ilokano (Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines). A graduate fellow at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, dåko’ta is one of Guåhan’s most creatively fierce activists innovating creative pedagogies for Chamoru empowerment. A nationally competitive slam poet, and a First Wave Hip Hop Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison, dåko’ta pursues creative forms of community mobilization igniting audiences with a passionate connection to indigenous issues. Learn more at www.infinitedakota.com.