Annie (Te Rarawa) has worked extensively as a a cultural producer, writer, editor and weaver. Her work has appeared in numerous Australian and New Zealand journals, magazines and community projects including Te Whē, Tupuranga Journal, Contemporary Hum, Sport, Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit, Australian Poetry, SBS, Running Dog, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Kaldor Arts Projects, un Projects and the Unyoked Anthology.
In 2022 Annie’s piece “Paper Thin” will be included as part of the Another Australia anthology (Affirm Press).
Annie is currently a guest editor for Debris journal and is the editor of the 2022 Unyoked Anthology. She has edited Tony Birch's poetry collection Whisper Songs and co-edited Solid Air, Australia and New Zealand Spoken Word.
She is part of the guest curatorial team for the 2022 Brisbane Writers Festival, managing the Aotearoa and Pasifika programs. Between 2015-17 she was co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. She currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry where she leads the Fair Trade project.
She is a recipient of The Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship.
Her weavings have been exhibited at Blak Dot Gallery as part of the Across Oceans (across lands) group exhibition, In*ter*is*land Collective’s digital exhibition 2020 and the Outer Space Gallery as part of the Conscious Mic exhibition.
Annie holds a BCA in Drama and Literature and completed the intensive CREW 256 Māori /Pasifika Creative Writing course at IIML. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Indigenous studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
My passions are anchored in weaving people and ideas together. As a Māori settler living on stolen land in so-called Australia, I am conscious of respecting, prioritising and listening to Indigenous voices of these lands, while being true to my own cultural connections and practices. For me writing is a silent tool that can also ring out loud across the oceans, connecting First Nations peoples in solidarity, working towards land back.