the other side of better

a hybrid collection

(Ad Hoc Fiction, 2021)

‘Fresh: yes! Authentic: yes! Poetic: yes! Brilliant: yes!!’

‘a collection that surprises not just because it can, but because it understands the surprises of the world’ 

‘innovative, intimate’ 

‘rich with wit and detail’ 




the-everumblethe everrumble

a small novel in small forms

(Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019)

‘stunningly original’ 


‘a tour de force’ 




KAT front cover RGB 3_July 2020Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand

(Otago University Press, 2020)

Edited with Paula Morris and James Norcliffe

Launching at Christchurch Word — Friday, 30 October 2020

BonsaiBonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand

(Canterbury University Press, 2018)

Edited with Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe

Slippery, and exciting … The stories come at you directly, and then turn askance, and then slap you in the face’ -Allan Drew

‘[I]f, like me, you’re relatively new to the more recent variations on shorter forms, Bonsai provides an exciting entry point.’  -Lawrence Pratchett

Radio NZ feature here.

Best Small FictionsBestSmallFictions2019 cover

Assistant Editor, 2015-present — annual international anthology

Series Editor Nathan Leslie, 2020 Guest Editor Kwame Dawes

Previous Guest Editors: Rilla Askew Aimee Bender, Amy Hempel, Stuart Dybeck, Robert Olen Butler

Founding Editor Tara L. Masih





‘Kia ora’ (poem) and ‘The space between’ (small fiction) in Fresh Ink 2021: Voices reflecting on Covid-19 from Aotearoa New Zealand (Cloud Ink Press, 2021)








‘I am going to Mum’s’ (poem) in Singlets, Briefs & Shorts: An Anthology of Poems from the Show Me Short! NZ Short Film Festival 2020 









‘Moments in Sand: Fragments between Sea and Sky’ (memoir excerpt) in Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility (Cynren Press 2019), edited by Andrea Fekete & Lara Lillibridge, with a foreword by Amy Hudock, PhD








New Micro cover

‘Antarctica’ and ‘Triptych’ (flash fictions) in New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction(W. W. Norton 2018), edited by James Thomas and Robert Scotellaro








Manifesto cover


‘The Wall: A Love Story, Of Sorts’ (prose poetry), Manifesto: 101 Political Poems from Aotearoa New Zealand (Otago University Press 2017), edited by Emma Neale and Philip Temple






‘Between Worlds in Penang’ (creative nonfiction) in Borderlands & Crossroads: Writing the Motherland (Demeter Press 2016), edited by Jane Satterfield and Laurie Kruk






Eastborne cover‘Pencarrow Then and Now’ (poetry) in Eastbourne: An Anthology (Mākaro Press), edited by Mary McCallum, Anne Manchester and Maggie Rainey-Smith








Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, an international flash fiction journal, founded and based in New Zealand since 2012

Best Small Fictions (Sonder Press), guest editors include Robert Olen Butler (2015),  Stuart Dybeck (2016), Amy Hempel (2017), Aimee Bender (2018), Rilla Askew (2019), Kwame Dawes (2020) — Assistant Editor

National Flash Fiction Day, New Zealand’s annual celebration of the shortest form, on the shortest day of the year (June 22)

Blue Five Notebook, an online journal publishing poetry for more than ten years and flash fiction, 2011-19

Flash Fiction International (W. W. Norton, 2015), eds. James Thomas, Christopher Merrill, Robert Shapard — associate editor

SmokeLong Quarterly, a journal of exceptional flash, ed. Tara Laskowski — guest editor, 2014, 2015, 2018

Voyaging with Kids: A Guide to Family Life Afloat (L&L Pardey, 2015), authored by Behan Gifford, Sarah Dawn Johnson and Michael Robertson — copy editor

Awkword Paper CutWriters on Writing column (June 2013- September 2014)

Flash Mob 2013, the International Flash Fiction Day Competition

An Aotearoa Affair, a Blog Fest from Kiel to Kaitaia, edited with Dorothee Lang in Germany, dedicated to connecting German and New Zealand writers in connection with the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair (February 2012 – December 2012)

A Baker’s Dozen: 13 extraordinary things, a year-long journal featuring experimental writing, art and experiences (January 2012 – December 2012)

Voices. Where characters (flawed or not) have their say, an experimental site for characters and stories to mingle (2010 – 2011)

52:250 A Year of Flash, a year-long writing challenge that grew to include over 180 writers and artists from around the world (May 2010 – May 2011)



takahē interviewA — a discussion of the new novel, the everrumble, with Gail Ingram (August 2019)

“Step into Strange: The Collected Works of Diane Williams” (review), in Ofi Press (2019)

New Flash Fiction Review interview — talking with Claire Polders about short fiction, new work in the 2018 W. W. W. Norton New Micro anthology and the relationship between fiction and reality (2018)

TSS Publishing interview — talking with Sandra Arnold about travelling, writing and editing (October 2018)

SmokeLong Quarterly’s Why Flash? series: Four Vignettes on Flash Fiction (January 2017)

“Madagascar: Wind, Currents and Counter-currents” (travel essay), in Cruising World, January 2017

Commended, Bath Flash Fiction Award 2016; story here

Two flash fictions short-listed in Bath Flash Fiction Award October 2016

“Lost and found in Berlin” (short story), in Nivalis 2016

Second place awarded in the Nivalis Short Story Competition 2016

Novel-in-progress short-listed in the Grimshaw-Sargeson Award 2016

Two very short stories short-listed in the Fish Flash Fiction competition 2016

Memoir excerpt long-listed in the Fish Memoir competition 2016

“How to Make Lolo” (flash fiction), in A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed, UK flash fiction anthology, 2016

“Dancing Through Time: Maggie Rainey-Smith’s Daughters of Messene” (review), Landfall Review Online, May 2016

“Up the Creek: Mystery Man” (flash), The Airgonaut, May 2016

“Henning Koch’s The Maggot People” (review), Ofi Press, April 2015

“Black and White and Grey” (flash fiction), Blue Lyra Review, March 2016

“In the Littoral Dark: On Tim Jones’ novella Landfall” (review), in Landfall Review Online, March 2016

“A City Guide: Eight Hong Kong Poets” (review), Ofi Press, February 2016

“Bringing Home the Truth: On Philip Brady’s To Banquet with the Ethiopians” (review), Ofi Press, February 2016

“Jeffrey Condran’s Prague Summer” (review), [PANK], August 2015

“A Midsummer Night’s Coast” (flash fiction), Headland, July 2015

“North” (flash fiction), Landmarks, the UK 2015 NFFD anthology, June 2015

“Antarctica” (flash fiction), Smokelong Quarterly, spring 2015,with artwork by Allan Gorman and an interview with the author

2014: A Year in Stories, anthology series over one year of writing, Pure Slush Books

“Impossible Weather” (short story), Revolution John, October 2014

“On James Claffey’s Blood A Cold Blue” (review), Entropy, October 2014

“Moments in Sand” (poetry), Ika, October 2014

“Cross-legged” (essay), Takahē, August 2014

“Finding the Light: On Ethel Rohan’s Out of Dublin” (review), HTML Giant, May 2014

“Artefact” (poetry), Take Flight, April 2014

“Touch” (poetry) JMWW Equisite Duet series, March 2014

“Sam Rasnake’s Cinema Verite” (review), [PANK], February 2014

“Pencarrow Then and Now” (poetry), Eastbourne: An Anthology, December 2013

“Harmony” (flash), The Linnet’s Wings, Winter 2013

“Arrival in Fatu Hiva” (poetry), JAAM, October 2013

“Snapper” (flash), JMWW, October 2013

“Pilkunnussijas Speak Out” (creative grammar discussion), Awkword Paper Cut, September 2013

“Edge of the Loch” (flash), Word Riot, September 2013

“Constellations” (prose poetry), Olentangy Review, September 2013

“Spin” (prose poetry), Metazen, September 2013

“Aquinas, Acid and Me” (flash),  A Minor Magazine, September 2013

“X” (flash), Prime Number Magazine, September 2013

“Dinner Discourse”, Awkword Paper Cut, August 2013

“What we know” (poetry), Reactor: collaboration with visual artists and poets, Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei, New Zealand, August 2013

“Stay” (poetry), Live Lines, August 2013

“Letting Poetry, Prose and Conversation Flow”, Awkword Paper Cut, July 2013

“View from Pencarrow” (poetry), Take Flight Arts Journal inaugural edition, June 2013

“Wandering” (flash), FlashFlood, June 2013

“What Matters Most in Flash” (article/interview), Awkword Paper Cut, June 2013

“Sea Song” (poetry), Art Beat installation, February 2013

“Wanderer” (flash), Microw: Luminous, February 2013

Two poems at Drunken Boat, July 2012

Three poems at Blackmail Press, July 2012

“Gone” (poetry collaboration with painter Allan Gorman), Poets and Artists #31, January 2012

“Nails R Us” (short story), collaborative short story writing with Meg Tuite, Sara Lippmann and Jen Knox, Used Furniture Review, October 2011

“Departures” (creative non-fiction), ROOM Magazine, Summer 2011

“Bird” (poetry), OCHO #31, May 2011

“Latitude Adjustment” (poetry), Poets and Artists #24, April 2011

“Urban Longing” (flash), A-Minor Magazine, April 2011

“Summer/Winter” (poetry collaboration with Walter Bjorkman), BluePrint Review,  spring 2011

“This Week’s To Do List” (flash), THIS Literary Magazine, March/April 2011

“Stay” (poetry), Ramshackle Review, March 2011

Introduction to Walter Bjorkman, Elsie’s World, Casa Menendez March 2011

“Time to Rest” (prose poetry), Istanbul Literary Review, January 2011

“Two Landscapes” (flash), Istanbul Literary Review, January 2011

“Peach and My Chevy” (flash), A-Minor Magazine, December 2010

“The Chair” (flash), Used Furniture Review, November 2010

“Elephant” (flash), Ramshackle Review, September 2010

“Crush” (flash), The Linnet’s Wings, Fall 2010

“Almost There” (creative non-fiction/ short story), BluePrint Review, August 2010 — nominated for a Pushcart Prize

“Bedtime Story” (flash), Gloom Cupboard, August 2010

“Pi in the Sky” (creative non-fiction), Metazen, July 2010

“A Knobby Thing” (flash), Like Birds Lit, June 2010

“Routine” (flash), Six Sentences, May 2010

“Love, Story” (short story) Metazen, May 2010



On the short form; new judge of Bath Flash Fiction Award, February 2016

Guest Interview at Bath Flash Fiction Award, January 2016

“On the realm of feeling and understanding”, interview at Smokelong Quarterly, October 2015

“Quick as a flash: the rise of short fiction”, article in stuff.co.nz, June 2015

“Kiwi Flash Fiction Day”, interview at Flash Fiction Chronicles, September 2014

“Editors without Borders”, interview at The Review Review, February 2014

Interview (and judge of year-end competition), Flash Fiction World, December 2012

Interview, Six Questions For…, June 2012

Expat author interview with Christopher Allen, travel writer and editor at Metazen, March 2012

Interview with Susan Tepper at Fictionaut, March 2011

Interview with Metazen, May 2010



Poetry reading, rhythm n verse, Auckland, May 2013

Guest lecturer, “Writing Outside the Bounds”, St. Cuthbert’s School for Girls Writers’ Series, April 2013

Poetry and Flash Reading, Spit.It.Out. Series, Auckland Fringe Festival, March 2013

52:250 Flash Fiction Reading, KGB Bar & Lit Series, NYC, December 2012

“History as story-telling: fact, fiction and the space between”, Auckland Museum Society’s Café Scientifique series, October 2012

“Traversing the Line between fact and fiction” – SMART TALKS, Whangarei, August 2012

“Sea stories” – poetry reading at University of Auckland LOUNGE Series, August 2012

Guest Poet at Auckland’s Poetry Live, July 2012



2019 longlisting for novel, the everrumble, in The Guardian ‘s Not-The-Booker Prize

2017 recipient of the NZSA mentorship programme for novel-in-progress

Second place awarded in the Nivalis Short Story Competition 2016

Novel-in-progress short-listed in the Grimshaw-Sargeson Award 2016

Two short short stories short-listed in the Fish Flash Fiction competition 2016

Memoir excerpt long-listed in the Fish Memoir competition 2016

2012 New Zealand Society of Authors/ Auckland Museum Library Research Grant recipient

Glass Woman Fiction Finalist, March 2013

Glass Woman Fiction Finalist, March 2012

Glass Woman Ghost Story Competition Top Contender, 2011

Pushcart Prize nominee, 2010

Character Study Competition Winner, Words with JAM, May 2010

Opening Lines Competition Winner, Words with JAM, March 2010



“Servicing Your Life Raft”, Ocean Navigator, November 2014

“Communication on Board”, Cruising World, October 2014

“Clear Communication and Good Safety Habits”, Cruising World, March 2012

“Brighten Your Life: Paint Your Boat”, Cruising World, April 2011

“Think Small, Dream Big”, Latitudes and Attitudes, November 2010

“Sailing Safely with Small Children: Modifications and Equipment”, Latitudes and Attitudes, December 2010

“Making Contact”, Blue Water Sailing, October 2010

“Making the Shift from Land to Sea”, Liveaboard Magazine, September/October 2010

“Debunking the Baby Myth”, Blue Water Sailing, August 2010

“Up Close and Personal with Chilis”, Latitudes and Attitudes, August 2010

“Between Yesterday and Tomorrow on Palmerston Island”, Blue Water Sailing, April 2010

“Landfall at Pebble Beach”, Sail, March 2010

“International Women’s Day Then and Now”, Women and Cruising, March 2010

“Shipboard Democracy and Chain of Command”, Women and Cruising, February 2010

“The Kindness of Strangers: How One Cruising Community Got a Sailor Sailing Again”, Blue Water Sailing, August 2007

“The Rise of the Phoenix”, Latitudes and Attitudes, May 2007

“24 Hours in La Paz: A True Story of Loss and Love”, Latitudes and Attitudes, April 2007

In Shaadi Style Magazine, 2003 – 2006

“Off the Beaten Path: New Zealand, Yukon, Iceland, Japan”

“Set Sail on a Romantic Cruise for Two”

“Island Destinations: Ireland, Venice, Hawaii, Maine, Vancouver”

“Top Honeymoon Cities: Paris, Quebec, Istanbul, Sri Lanka and New Orleans”

“Canada’s Magical Maritimes: A Honeymoon of Adventure and Romance”

“Dessert Ideas: Talking Sweets with Upstairs on the Square”

“Unique Rings: Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding Band”


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