writer / poet / maker of small books
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. In 2018, Nina was one of three winners of the Women Poets' Prize (UK), and in 2019 won the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing and the Landfall Essay Competition. Nina is poetry co-editor of The Shanghai Literary Review, is on the editorial board of the new Aotearoa literary journal Tupuranga, and is founding editor of Bitter Melon, a very small press that publishes limited-edition pamphlets by Asian poets.