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
2018 – poem ‘Cartographies 1’ included in Best NZ Poems 2017
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 a first class Masters in September 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


3 responses to “About

  1. Hi Makyla, my names Ada Leung and I saw you wrote an article on the New Takes exhibition at Artstation, which I was apart of. I was just hoping to get in contact with you, but I can’t seem to find an email address anywhere, so I’m leaving a reply here! My website is http://adaytleung.wordpress.com/. (I was just hoping if you would like to write another review on an exhibition I will have during the end of Sept/ beginning of Oct). If you could get back to me, that would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

  2. Hi Makyla, I am a friend of Kelly Malone’s. I am currently managing a writing project for the Henderson – Massey Local Board, and would love to talk to you about chapbook publishing. My contact number is 022 061 2403, or rebecca@sbk.co.nz. It would be great to have a conversation soon.
    Thanks so much,


  3. David Kelly-Hedrick

    Hi Makyla–
    I am doing a poetry public art project this summer in Seattle, US and was interested in including some lines from your poetry. Spent a year in NZ and loved the country, people, and poetry. I want to include a very contemporary and eclectic collection of poetry lines in a wall of poetry drawing from around the Pacific Rim. Let me know if you are interested and I will share some more details. Thanks for considering.
    David Kelly-Hedrick

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