Poet, essayist, and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, International Institute of Modern Letters, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington | APFF Jury 2023
Chris has published three books of poetry, one hybrid book of/about biography (Brief Lives), and a book-length lyric essay and ‘picture book for adults’, The Lobster’s Tale, with photography by Bruce Foster. She has also been a collaborator in two art-science: projects Are Angels OK? the Parallel Universes of New Zealand Writers and Scientists, and the Transit of Venus Poetry Exchange, which paired NZ and German poets to witness and write about the 2012 Transit, then translate each others’ work. She convenes the Poetry and Creative Nonfiction MA workshop at the International Institute of Modern Letters, and occasionally plays music with her partner Robbie Duncan.
Husk was awarded Best First Book of Poetry, New Zealand Book Awards 2002, and Brief Lives was shortlisted for the 2007 New Zealand Book Awards. She was also the 2011 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow.
Why you are interested in judging the film festival?
I have an abiding interest in the relationship between poetry, music and visual art, and love the way all three forms, both separately and together, find ways to express the inexpressible, while leaving a residue of mystery.
Your current favourite poetry film or anything you are currently working on:
My collaborator Bruce Foster and I are currently working on an hour-long film version of our book The Lobster’s Tale, to accompany a live reading.