Nina Mingya Powles is a writer and zinemaker from Aotearoa New Zealand, of mixed Malaysian-Chinese heritage. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington, where her MA thesis won the 2015 Biggs Family Prize for Poetry. In 2018, Nina was one of three winners of the Women Poets' Prize.
She is the author of several poetry pamphlet collections including field notes on a downpour (If a Leaf Falls Press, 2018), Luminescent (Seraph Press, 2017) and Girls of the Drift (Seraph Press, 2014). Her prose debut, a food memoir, will be published by The Emma Press in late 2019.
Her creative non-fiction has been recently published in The Pantograph Punch, The Willowherb Review, Mimicry Journal, Hainamana Arts and The Sapling. In 2018 her essay "Small Bodies of Water" won the Daunt Books Ladies Pond Essay Competition.
Nina is poetry co-editor of The Shanghai Literary Review and founding editor of Bitter Melon 苦瓜, a new press that publishes limited-edition poetry pamphlets by writers from Asian diaspora communities. She currently lives in London.