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.
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.
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.
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.
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.