Tusiata Avia

Tusiata Avia is a Samoan–New Zealand poet, performer and writer. She has published three books of poetry: Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, Bloodclot, Fale Aitu|Spirit House and two children’s books, Mele and the Massage and The Song. Her one-woman show (also called Wild Dogs Under My Skirt) toured internationally from 2002 to 2008 and shows again in 2016 as a play for six actors. Tusiata has held a number of writers’ residencies and awards, including a Fulbright Pacific Artist Fellowship at the University of Hawai’i and the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. She lives in Auckland with her daughter, Sepela, and teaches Creative Writing and Performing Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology.


The New Adventures of Nafanua, Samoan Goddess of War