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A landmark anthology of creative work – poetry, fiction and essays – by emerging Asian New Zealand writers. This landmark collection of poetry, fiction and essays by emerging writers is the first-ever anthology of Asian New Zealand creative writing. A Clear Dawn presents an extraordinary new wave of creative talent. With roots stretching from Indonesia to Japan, fromChina to the Philippines to the Indian subcontinent, the authors in this anthology range from high school students to retirees, from recent immigrants to writers whose families have lived in New Zealand for generations. Some of the writers – including Gregory Kan, Sharon Lam, Rose Lu and Chris Tse – have published books; some, like Mustaq Missouri, Aiwa Pooamorn and Gemishka Chetty, are better known for their work in theatre and performance. For many, A Clear Dawn is their first-ever print publication. The 75 writers explore the full range of human experience: from the rituals of food and family to sexual politics; from issues around displacement and identity to teen suicide and revenge attacks; from political chicanery to social activism to childhood misadventures. Funerals, affairs, accidents, friendships, crimes, jealousy, small victories, devastating losses, transcendent moments: all are here. With its diverse voices, styles and points of view, A Clear Dawn maps a new literature of Aotearoa New Zealand. Paula Morris and AlisonWong (editors) 13 May 2021 240 x 170 mm, 352 pages Flexibind, $49.99 A Clear Dawn NewAsian Voices fromAotearoa NewZealand ‘For this anthology, we came together as tangata whenua and tauiwi. Our work here is a karanga that opens up a space for other voices so that many different currents can flow into one meeting place.’ Paula Morris MNZM (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Whatua) is an award-winning novelist, story writer and essayist fromAuckland. Alison Wong is an award-winning writer whose fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are anthologised, translated and published internationally. ‘Clearly this new dawn of writers will exceed expectations . . . explosive, poignant, lyrical, breaking and healing hearts with their words.’ — Lynda Chanwai-Earle Paula Morris AlisonWong Image: Phil Nitchie

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