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Selina Tusitala-Marsh

Selina Tusitala-Marsh
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Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh (ONZM, FRSNZ) is a former Commonwealth Poet, New Zealand Poet Laureate and acclaimed performer and author. She was the first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland and is now a Professor of English specialising in Pasifika literature. Her first collection, the bestselling Fast Talking PI, won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 2010. Her debut children’s book and memoir, Mophead: How Your Difference Makes a Difference, was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year at the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and was followed by the bestselling Mophead Tu: The Queen’s Poem. Her third book in her award-winning Mophead series, Wot Knot You Got? Mophead’s Guide to Life, is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on playbook.