Author Robert Sullivan, head of the School of Creative Writing at Manukau Institute of Technology in Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand, will give a public poetry reading at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room.
The reading is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing in the lobby of Hillel after the reading. Sullivan will also be visiting W&L classes while in Lexington.
Sullivan is a from South Auckland, New Zealand, is a member of the Nga Puhi and Kai Tahu tribes and Irish by heritage. He previously was an associate professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he also directed the creative writing program.
His books include Cassino City of Martyrs/Città Martire (Huia Press, New Zealand, 1999), Shout Ha! to the Sky (Salt Press, London, 2010), Star Waka (Auckland University Press, 1999, the latest edition was published in 2011) and Weaving Earth and Sky: Myths & Legends of Aotearoa (Random House, 2002).
He has won several New Zealand Awards for his children’s writing, poetry and editing. His most recent poem “Kawe reo/Voices carry” is engraved on the front steps of Auckland City Library.