Makyla Curtis – Writer, Artist, Essayist, Printmaker and Letterpress printer.
I completed an Master of Arts with first class honours at the University of Auckland in 2017 and recently extended my Certificate in Languages to a Diploma (which means I have three more papers in te reo Māori to complete).
My academic focus and area of interest is in poetry, contemporary New Zealand poetry in particular. For my masters thesis I explored the space between text and mark-making (image/ visual/drawing) in poetry. I am also a poet as well as a maker of marks in various forms. I am a printmaker and visual artist. I have a particular interest in typography and DIY publications and zines.
I am a volunteer at MOTAT in the Print Shop where I am a compositor. I handset and print work by local poets. After the development of my Māori letterpress type case I am hoping to set as much work in te reo Māori as possible. Some of my letterpress work, including the typecase and a number of poetry based works, are on display at the Walsh Memorial Library at MOTAT, the exhibition will close on 3rd February.
Awards and Achievements
2017 – Awarded an A+ for a Masters Research thesis ‘Simultaneous Stories: the poetic mark-making of John Pule and Cilla MCQueen’ (I will graduate with first class honours in 2018)
2017 – Waitematā Good Citizen’s Award (Individual Award)
2017 – Faculty of Arts Excellence in Student Engagement, UoA
2017 – NZSA Mentorship Programme, with Mentor Vivienne Plumb
2017 – Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship (Writer’s Residency)
2016 – University of Auckland Research Masters Scholarship
2015 – First in Course Awards, UoA
Māori101, Introduction to written Māori; Eng778, Performance and Pedagogy
2015 – Professor Terry Sturm Scholarship in NZ and Australian Literature
2015 – Best of the Fest, Hamilton Zinefest – for ‘The Great Goatsby’
2015 – Kenndrick Smithyman Scholarship Award
2015 – Senior Scholar Award, UoA
2014 – Summer Scholarship, (Supervisor Selina Tusitala Marsh,) UoA
2014 – First in Course Awards, UoA
Eng365, Writing and Settlement;Eng204, Pacific Literature
2013 – First in Course Awards, UoA
Eng347, Poetry off the Page; Eng343, Writing Poetry
2007 – Finalist in Wallace Art Awards