Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Daren Kamali awarded international residency in Iowa

Daren Kamali first Pacific writer awarded international residency in Iowa


Daren Kamali

Pacific poet, writer and musician Daren Kamali will undertake a three-month writer’s residency at the University of Iowa from August to November 2014.

Offered in partnership with Creative New Zealand, the residency allows a New Zealand writer to live and work at the University of Iowa in the United States and participate in its International Writing Program.

The first Pacific writer to undertake the residency, Auckland-based Daren will use the opportunity to write a collection of Pacific poems to complete his third book Ink Fish Writes Again.

“As an ambassador of contemporary New Zealand Pacific literature I am honoured and excited to bring a different element to the International Writing Program,” says Daren.

“The residency will give me the space and time to further develop ideas and complete another manuscript. I am also looking forward to connecting with other writers and networks, and sharing my Pacific knowledge and stories.”

Born in Fiji, Daren is of Fijian, Wallis and Futuna and Scottish heritage, and moved to New Zealand in 1992. Daren’s work is inspired from the Pacific Ocean, particularly drawing on his upbringing in Fiji and New Zealand. Daren performs his work, fusing chants, melodies, rhymes, spoken word, rap and harmonies in Fijian/ Pan Pacific style.

“We are thrilled that Daren is the first Pacific writer to undertake this residency,” says Creative New Zealand Arts Council Pacific representative Caren Rangi.

“Daren’s unique style of expressing his poetry combined with his Pacific heritage makes him a wonderful voice for New Zealand and the Pacific. We are very proud of him, and look forward to seeing how this experience further inspires and influences his work.”

Daren has a Bachelor degree in Creative Writing from the Manukau Institute of Technology. He published his first book Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World in 2011. He worked on his second book Squid Out of Water (2014) while the resident writer of the 2012 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers’ Residency at the University of Hawai'i. He is the co-founder of the South Auckland Poets Collective and Niu Navigations. He has also been a teacher and mentor to many Pacific writers and artists.

The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program brings together writers from around the world to join the lively literary community on campus.

The annual residency offered by Creative New Zealand and the University is open to both emerging and established writers. Creative New Zealand supports the selected writer’s airfares, accommodation and living expenses for this opportunity. Daren will travel to Iowa in late August.

Previous recipients of the Residency include: Craig Cliff, Gordon McLauchlan, Vivienne Plumb, James Norcliffe, Penelope Todd, Brian Falkner, Kathy White, David Hill, Lynley Hood and Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Te Matatini: Minister Applauds National Kapa Haka Festival

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes the best of luck to everyone involved in this week’s national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, in Christchurch. “Te Matatini showcases the very best of Māori performing arts talent. It’s a celebration of identity, language and culture at the highest level and I’m looking forward to being amongst it,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: Accolades For Film About Man Who Falls In Love With A Stick

A short animated film written and directed by New Zealand born Matthew Darragh has been selected for the Courts des îles, International Festival of Short Fiction Films. More>>

ALSO:

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news