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, Cha, Poetry NZ, Takahe, JAAM, Snorkel, Sweet Mammalian, Glitterwolf, Cordite Poetry Review, Ika, CyphersPoetry, 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.

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.

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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