Nina Mingya Powles - Small Bodies of Water
We're in the mood for reflections this week: on a girlhood spent between cultures; on the shyness of life in poetry; on resilience when writing long-form, and of dream-like watery scenes past and present. Our guest is Nina Mingya Powles, whose latest collection of essays - Small Bodies of Water - spans oceans, pools and ponds worldwide - and is currently attracting heaps of praise.
The extended version of the show contains ‘Sh*t I Wish I’d Known’ from Nina’s perspective as an award-winning nature writer, editor and self-described 'anxious poet'. What were the early steps in her publishing journey? How does she handle her urge to hide away? And what does it mean to have 'a career in creative writing' anyway? Hear all about it on the extended NFP cut, for Patreon subscribers at Silver Nib level and up. Join us at www.patreon.com/join/nonficpod
Nina Mingya Powles is a poet, zine maker and founding editor from Aotearoa, with three published poetry collections to her name, as well as Bitter Melon, a small press showcasing poets from the Asian diaspora. Her latest work, Small Bodies of Water, won the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented voices in nature writing.
Link to transcript of this episode here (Google doc)
Organisations, Events, and Books mentioned:
- Bitter Melon website
- Nan Shepherd prize https://nanshepherdprize.com/
- Wellington zinefest https://www.wellingtonzinefest.com/
- Maggie Nelson https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/maggie-nelson
- Jake Spicer, ‘You Will Be Able to Draw By the End of this Book’
- Usborne’s Step-by-Step Drawing books https://usborne.com/gb/activities-for-kids/step-by-step-drawing
- Cathy Rentzenbrink, ‘A Manual for Heartache: How to feel Better’, and ‘The Last Act of Love: the Story of My Brother and His Sister’
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- Producer: Georgie Codd
- Guest: Nina Mingya Powles
- Producer: Beatrice Bazell
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