Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Blue hour

This photograph was taken on the return from my research trip to Haworth. 

I'm grateful to Moriah LaChapell, Susan Sweetland Garay, and Heather Minette, editors of The Blue Hour Press, for including my poem "I Would Love to See a Fox While I am Here" in their forthcoming anthology.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Long list

I'm over the rainbow to have made The Emma Press Poetry and Prose Pamphlets longlist - it means so much to me, it took me a day to pluck up the courage to read the email notification! Too exciting for words. Thank you all The Emma Press Team!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Flash frontier

Stoked to have a flash in with Mere Taito, Hinewirangi Kohu Morgan, Iona Winter and other glorious talents - thanks a mil to Teoti Jardine, Vaugahn Rapatahana and team FF - looking forward to reading everyone's pieces!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


It's almost a year since I worked on the illustrations for First fox, the debut fiction collection by Auckland writer Leanne Radojkovich, so it was a smashing surprise today to see Iona Winter has reviewed it in Landfall

"Radojkovich shows us things that are not often spoken of aloud, and I admire the way she illuminates the social, cultural and political in First Fox [...]"

"Stunning black and white illustrations by Rachel J. Fenton support the writing and lend another dimension to the tales."

It's a grand review, not least because it's so unusual for a reviewer to read* the illos with the text - but the benefits of doing so are clear from Iona's review. Many thanks to her, and to Landfall.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Cooked Up is the brainchild of writer and editor Elaine Chiew who managed to get Ben Okri to contribute fiction alongside Nikesh Shukla and yours truly. I'm still getting my head around that.

Overland were brill enough to publish my poem from their Transtasman issue on their website, but don't let that stop you from subscribing to this radical journal. 

I'm incredibly proud to have been invited to work on Sexual Textual Tennis, a graphic interpretation of an essay by Carolyn Gage, a playwright I admire immensely.  

This book is a wonderful fundraiser for Médecins Sans Frontières, edited by Mandy Pannett.

I have historical fiction in The Stinging Fly, "The Lawrence Tree".

Contains comics from NZ creators plus my graphic poetry and a very abridged version of my essay on comics and colonialism that first appeared in Three Words.

 In From 2014 - 2016 I worked on two books that I was lucky enough to represent at the Taipei International Book Exhibition in 2016, Island to Island and Three Words.

Three Words contains comics by New Zealand's most relevant creators, plus essays, including my essay on comics and colonialism, published and available to buy via Beatnik.

Island to Island is available to buy through Unity Books and Wheelers.


I subscribed to The Rialto for years and had such a fan moment when they published my poetry.

I have fiction in issue One and issue Seven.

New Zealand's oldest literary journal now contains my most recent poetry from a sequence about Charlotte Bronte and her friend Mary Taylor, whose biography CNZ are supporting me to write with an Arts Grant. Other poetry from this sequence is forthcoming from English: Journal of the English Association | Oxford Academic.