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A Panel Discussion

The Editors Session

Saturday Feburary 17, 2024 • 4- 5pm
Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place


Chaired by Van Mei, editors Damien Levi, Stacey Teague and Sinead Overbye discuss the selection process when considering who and what to publish - or not publish. What is involved in creating spaces for more queer writers?

The Editors Session will be supported by a live NZSL interpreter.

Free to attend, no reservation required.

This event is part of the 2024 Auckland Pride Festival. Find out more here.

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Van Mei

They / Them

Van Mei is a nonbinary Hokkien Chinese and Pākehā writer and artist currently based in Te Ika-a-Māui. They are the current Kaitohu (Director) of The Pantograph Punch, an arts and culture platform that’s been going strong for over 13 years. You can find their poems and essays in print and on the internet under a lot of former names.

Sinead Overbye

Photo by Todd Karehana

She / They

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Kai

Sinead Overbye is a writer, researcher and Kaiwāwāhi Kaupapa Māori at the Pantograph Punch. Her background is in art history, Māori history, creative writing and educational research. Her work has been published with Starling, Sport, Turbine Kapohau, RNZ, The Post and other places.

Damien Levi

Photo by Sylvia Louis-Marie

He / Him

Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi

Damien Levi is an editor, emerging publisher and occasional writer. He is the lead editor for the online takatāpui  LGBTQIA+ journal bad apple, the founder of Āporo Press and co-editor of  the poetry anthology Spoiled Fruit (2023) alongside Amber Esau. He was one of the group programmers for Verb Readers & Writers Festival  2023. Damien's writing can be found in Overcom, Te Pararē, Pūhia and The Spinoff.

Stacey Teague

Photo by Ebony Lamb

She / Her

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi

Stacey Teague is a writer, editor and teacher  living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She is a publisher at Tender Press.

Ellen Melville Centre

2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1000


Ellen Melville Centre is in Freyberg Square, opposite the rainbow staircase in central Auckland. This event will be held on the first floor of the venue, in the Pioneer Women's Hall. The hall is wheelchair friendly, via an elevator, and has an accessible toilet.

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