Tusiata Avia is a poet, performer and children’s book writer. Known for her dynamic performance style, two of her poetry collections, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt and The Savage Coloniser, have been adapted into theatrical shows. Tusiata has held several residencies including the Fulbright Pacific Writer’s Fellowship at University of Hawaii, and the Ursula Bethel Writer in Residence at University of Canterbury. She was the 2013 recipient of the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. Her 2017 collection, Fale Aitu (Victoria University Press, 2016) was longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and her latest collection, The Savage Coloniser, was the winner of the 2021 Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry at the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.