Chris Tse was born and raised in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. He studied film and English literature at Victoria University of Wellington, where he also completed an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters.
His poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction have been recorded for radio and published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including Best New Zealand Poems, Sport, Turbine, The New Zealand Listener, Fishhead, Landfall, Cha, Poetry NZ, Takahe, JAAM, Snorkel, Rejectamenta, Sweet Mammalian, Glitterwolf, Starch, Cordite Poetry Review, Ika, and Cyphers.
He is one of three poets included in the joint collection AUP New Poets 4 (Auckland University Press, 2011).
Chris’ first full-length poetry collection, How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, was published by Auckland University Press in September 2014. In 2016, Snakes received the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry and was a finalist in the poetry category at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Chris is also an official festival blogger for the Visa Wellington on a Plate food festival.
As well as writing, Chris is also an occasional actor and has appeared in plays at BATS Theatre and the Gryphon Theatre.
Chris tweets as @chrisjtse.