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New York, New York!

Hinemoana Baker

 

I can hardly believe it. Still pinching self.

Me and seven other Kiwi poets, including Tusiata Avia and David Eggleton, will be taking our stuff to the Big Apple!

 With support from Creative New Zealand and Saatchi and Saatchi, this trip is courtesy of Phantom Billstickers, Transatlantic poetry fanatics and street media moguls, and in particular Phantom founder Jim Wilson. Jim tells the story of the genesis of this project here

My first engagement will be at this poetry reading at the Saatchi and Saatchi offices in downtown Manhattan:

If, like I was, you are unsure where/what 'Manhattan' is, think 'a much taller version of Lambton Quay'.

In 2010 I was lucky enough to make a fleeting visit to New York on my way back from Iowa University's International Writing Programme residency.

This time we're going to get to stay a little longer - and I say we because my partner in life, crime, and occasionally music, rock-pop-sonic-arts-monster Christine White, will be joining me.

We will both be making some music as part of this fantastic gig in Brooklyn (think 'A much more populous version of Cuba Street):

If any of you Dear Readers are in the vicinity, it would be *fantastic* to see you at either or both of these events. Many people have worked very hard for a very long time to make them possible, and we are keen to share the lurv. Tell your NYC friends and whānau the Kiwis are coming to town!