Tusiata Avia is a poet, performer and writer. She has published two books of poetry: Wild Dogs Under My Skirt and Bloodclot, and two children’s books and is regularly published in international literary journals.
She wrote and performed a one-woman theatre show (also called Wild Dogs Under My Skirt) that toured internationally for a number of years.
Tusiata has held a number of writer’s residencies including the Fulbright Pacific Writer’s Fellowhip at University of Hawai’i and the Ursula Bethel Writer in Residence at University of Canterbury. Tusiata travels widely and has performed at poetry festivals from Morocco to Jerusalem and most recently at Poetry Parnassus, where she represented Samoa at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.