Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Pasifika poet-scholar who is currently the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2017-2019.
Selina, who is of Samoan, Tavaluan, English, Scottish and French descent, was the first Pacific Islander to earn a PhD in English from the University of Auckland. She is the author of three poetry collections, Fast Talking PI, which won an NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry, Dark Sparring and Tightrope. Selina represented Tuvalu in the Poetry Olympics in London 2012 and was named the official Commonwealth poet in 2016.
Selina’s scholarly work focuses on Maori and Pacific literature and culture. She edits and maintains Pasifika Poetry, a website devoted to preserving and curating the work of Pacific poets. She was also recently made officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to poetry, literature and the Pacific community.