Gina Cole is of Fijian, Scottish, and Welsh descent.  She is the author of Black Ice Matter, which won Best First Book of Fiction at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, and the winner of the 2014 Auckland Pride Festival’s creative writing competition for the poem ‘Airport Aubade’. Cole’s work has been widely anthologized and she was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival and the Same Same But Different LGBTQIA+ Writing Festival. She was a 2018 Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa International Writing Program. She was also the 2018 writer in residence at the Sitka Island Institute. Gina holds a PhD in creative writing from Massey University. Her second book Na Viro (Huia Publishers, 2022) is a science fiction fantasy novel and a work of Pasifikafuturism.