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

2020 – AUT Research Masters Scholarship (Masters in Visual Arts)
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
2018 – Awarded a First Class Honours A+ for a Masters Research thesis ‘Simultaneous Stories: the poetic mark-making of John Pule and Cilla McQueen’
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 (MA in English)
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

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5 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

  4. Hayden

    Hello Makyla.
    Last year you spared your time to take me on a very informative and well presented guided tour of the MOTAT printing facility. At the end you gifted me a print of your “NU TIRENE” which I have cherished. In the tour you showed me your progress with your “TE TIRITI” master piece.
    I assume that you have completed this project and was wondering where I could get a print and thus complete my pair of your work?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Kia ora Hayden. Thanks for getting in touch! We completed the print of Te Tiriti just before Christmas.
      There are copies available in the Print room if you’re there on Sunday, or in the Library if you’re at MOTAT during the week.

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