Chris Tse - October 2017 - 01x - Photo by Rebecca McMillan

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 widely published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including Best New Zealand Poems, Sport, Turbine, The New Zealand Listener, FishheadLandfall, Asian Cha, Poetry New Zealand Year Book, Sweet Mammalian, Cordite Poetry ReviewPoetry, Capital Magazine, The Spinoff, and Mimicry.

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.

In 2018, Auckland University Press published his second collection HE’S SO MASC. The collection was critically acclaimed and was included in the New Zealand Herald‘s Best Books of 2018 and The Spinoff‘s 20 Best Poetry Books of 2018.

He and Emma Barnes co-edited Out Here: An anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aoteaora (Auckland University Press, 2021).

A frequent panelist and performer at literary festivals throughout New Zealand, Chris has also appeared at international festivals, including the Cheltenham Literature Festival (UK), the Emerging Writers Festival (Melbourne, Australia), the National Young Writers’ Festival (Newcastle, Australia), and the Queensland Poetry Festival (Brisbane, Australia).

Chris has also written for the Visa Wellington on a Plate food festival, and the New Zealand International Film Festival.

You can find Chris on Twitter as @chrisjtse.

Photo credit: Rebecca McMillan.

2 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Hi Chris, have just discovered your poem ‘Following Gold’ in the School Journal of May 2015 and plan to read it with my Year 4/5/6 students. Can you tell me what inspired you to write this poem?

    Also, enjoying your readings of Metallica on Soundcloud. Have you got any great ideas for inspiring young children to write poetry?

    Thank you,
    Olivia Graham (teacher at Wairakei Primary School, Taupo)

    • Hi Olivia
      Sorry for the delay in responding! ‘Following Gold’ was written as a companion piece to the short story featured in the same issue as the School Journal. The editor asked me to provide an alternate viewpoint, to share some insight from a Chinese settler perspective.
      I think the best way to get young children to write poetry is to read it to them! Paula Green has a great blog with exercises and prompts that you should check out, if you haven’t already:

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