Tina Makereti (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangatahi) is author of The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke (2018) and co-editor of Black Marks on the White Page (2017), an anthology that celebrates Māori and Pasifika writing. In 2016 her story ‘Black Milk’ won the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific region. Her other books are Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (2014) and Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (2010). She won two Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Fiction Awards, was nominated twice for the IMPAC Dublin Book Award, and has been the recipient of the RSNZ Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing and the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story in English. She teaches creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. She is working on a collection of personal essays, This Compulsion in Us, and a novel.