Nina Mingya Powles is a poet and writer from Aotearoa New Zealand, based in the UK. Her debut poetry collection, Magnolia 木蘭, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was a finalist in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. She is also the author of several poetry pamphlets and zines. In 2018 she was one of three winners of the Women Poets Prize, and in 2019 won the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize. Her resulting book of essays Small Bodies of Water was published in 2021. She has also published a short food memoir, Tiny Moons (2020).
Nina is a pamphlet selector for the Poetry Book Society and is on the editorial committee of Starling magazine. She has taught poetry and zinemaking workshops for a range of community organisations, schools and literary festivals including the Poetry School, Writers Practice NZ and the Museum of the Home.