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. I recently extended my Certificate in Languages to a Diploma (which means I have three more papers in te reo Māori to complete). I am enrolled in the AUT Master of Visual Arts programme for 2019.
My academic focus and area of interest is in collaborative practices, poetry, contemporary New Zealand poetry in particular. For my English masters thesis I explored the space between text and mark-making (image/ visual/drawing) in poetry. I am a poet and a maker of marks in various forms. I am a printmaker, letterpress printer 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, were on display at the Walsh Memorial Library at MOTAT Nov 2017 – Mar 2018.
Awards and Achievements
2019 – ‘He Whakaritenga Hou’ exhibition a finalist in the Museums Aotearoa Service IQ Awards in the category of Kia toi te reo/most innovative use of te reo Māori.
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