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Vaughan Rapatahana


Recorded 9 October 2014 at the University of Auckland.

Vaughan Rapatahana
 Photo credit: Leticia Canlas

Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Atiawa, Ngati Te Whiti) graduated Auckland University many years ago (PhD Existential Philosophy and English Literature) and has been somewhat itinerant ever since, having lived in a swathe of places and only returning to live in Aotearoa-New Zealand in August, 2014. He has been heavily published worldwide in the last few years, across a further swathe of genres: fiction and short stories; poetry; poetry teaching resources and - perhaps most significantly and ironically - critiques of English language agencies’ deleterious effects on non-native speakers. His recent and forthcoming publications include a new poetry collection Atonement (ASM / Flying Islands, Macau 2015) and an anthology of Hong Kong poets OutLoud Too (mccm Creations, Hong Kong 2014). He is the co-editor of Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters, UK), a follow up to English Language as Hydra (2012). 

Poem notes

The poems recorded here rather speak for themselves and 'cover' multifarious life experiences, travels, overseas life, and some of the themes outlined above.


Last updated 25 March, 2014