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Landfall's borderline experience

Landfall's borderline experience

Landfall 211 rolls in the cultural muddle of present-day Aotearoa New Zealand and announces the future of the country's pre-eminent arts and literary journal.

Edited by savvy Auckland ethnoblogger, fiction-writer, poet, essayist and activist Tze Ming Mok, the issue features bold new talent alongside celebrated senior writers.

Steve Braunias recounts his father's incarceration as an interned enemy alien on Somes Island, former Algerian MP and refugee Ahmed Zaoui explains why he turned to poetry, and poet Tusiata Avia hunts down desperate immigration officials on the run from the Tongan rugby team. Jacob Edmond and Tze Ming Mok translate work by exiled Chinese poet/former Auckland resident Yang Lian, and Charlotte Craw eats her way towards cultural authenticity.
The issue also reveals what will happen now that former editor Juston Paton has left Landfall's helm. Until issue 219 Landfall will be open to guest editors. Landfall 212, which will announce the winners of the 2006 Landfall Essay Competition, will be edited by Richard Reeve. Landfall 213 will go part-Russian and be edited by Gregory O'Brien and Ian Wedde. Landfall publisher, Wendy Harrex, is calling for submissions from people interested in editing one of the remaining six issues.

Poetry: Tusiata Avia, Jacob Edmond, Michael Harlow, Amy Howden-Chapman, Jessica LeBas, Yang Lian, Vincent O'Sullivan, Anna Smaill, Marty Smith, Chris Tse, Nick Twemlow, Ouyang Yu Fiction: Tim Corballis, Debra Daley, Megan Dunn, Jo Randerson, Carl Shuker, Chad Taylor Essays/Memoirs: Steve Braunias, Charlotte Craw, Paula Morris, Robert Sullivan, Jocelyn 'Tui' Wilson, Stephen Zepke, Ahmed Zaoui The Landfall Review: Jon Bywater, Katherine Liddy, Richard Reeve, Ouyang Yu, Ian Wedde, Tim Wong Art: Shigeyuki Kihara, Kah Bee Chow, Liyen Chong Cover: Shigeyuki Kihara
Tze Ming Mok

According to the classification standards of the People's Republic of China, Tze Ming Mok has the Chinese reading level of a half-literate peasant. Born in Mt Roskill in 1978, she describes herself as an 'ethnic Chinese Aucklander', part of a migrant family 'from a bewildering array of East and Southeast Asian countries'.
She is a columnist for the Her poetry, fiction, reviews and political polemic have been published in a variety of publications including Landfall, Listener, JAAM, Sport, Trout, Meanjin, Best New Zealand Poems 2004, Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 2 (Random, 2005), Craccum and Migrant News. Other writing is listed on her blog website,

Mok, who has an MA in Political Studies from Auckland University, was the winner of the 2004 Landfall Essay Prize, the 2005 recipient of the Todd Writer's Bursary, and formerly half of short-lived riot grrl recording project Yellow Peril. She has worked as a Refugee Status Officer, refugee legal advocate, and Human Rights Commission staffer.

paperback, 215 x 165 mm, 200 pp, ISBN 1 877372 90 0, RRP $29.95
Release: June 2006


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