Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) is a scholar, poet and irredentist. Originally from Aotearoa, she now lives with her family on unceded Musqueam territory (Vancouver). Her first book of poetry, Always Italicise: how to write while colonised(AUP 2022), won the Mary & Peter Biggs Award for Poetry at the Ockham NZ Book Awards. Her scholarly publications include Once Were Pacific: Maori Connections to Oceania (Minnesota 2012) and 250 Ways To Start an Essay about Captain Cook (BWB 2020).
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