Poetry Shelf connections: Vana Manasiadis dialoguing with Jill Sorensen

 

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The full dialogue is here

The Alternative Reality Huts is here

 

 

Vana Manasiadis is a Greek-New Zealand poet, translator and creative writing teacher who has been moving between Aotearoa and Greece, and is now living in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Her most recent collection, The Grief Almanac: A Sequel, was published by Seraph Press in 2019. She is the co-editor of the Seraph Press Translation Series, and was the editor and translator of Ναυάγια/Καταφύγια: Shipwrecks/Shelters: Six Contemporary Greek Poets (2016) and co-editor, with Maraea Rakuraku, of Tātai Whetū: Seven Māori Women Poets in Translation.

 

Jill Sorenson completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia (1991) and gained an MFA (1st class honours) at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2002). She is a Fine Arts lecturer in the undergraduate program at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland and currently undertaking a PhD at Massey University College of Creative Arts,. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, showing regularly at Whitespace in Auckland and Kobo Chika in Tokyo, as well as regional public galleries and independent exhibition spaces throughout New Zealand. She has initiated and lead a number of collaborative group projects played out as a series of installations at Rm Gallery in Auckland and  Blue Oyster in Dunedin. She is currently instigating research into ‘thinking together’ through the Conversation Pit project.

 

 

 

 

 

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