VAUGHAN RAPATAHANA is a New Zealander who has lived for many years in a variety of countries and now lives and works in Hong Kong. He published two collections of poetry in the 1980s, Down among the Dead Men and Street Runes. After a lapse of two decades, in 2008 Vaughan returned to poetry and has recently been published throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Thailand, with impending publication in the U.S.A. In 2009 he was long listed for the inaugural Proverse Prize in Literature. He is Poetry Editor for MAI Review Journal, a leading online academic journal specializing in the work of indigenous writers and a member of the New Zealand Poetry Society. Vaughan has a PhD in Existential Literature and Philosophy from the University of Auckland. His ancestry is Maori and he is affiliated to the TeAtiawa iwi (tribe). His wife is from the Philippines and they are a multilingual household. His poetry collection, Home, Away, Elsewhere was long-listed for the inaugural Proverse Prize and published in November 2011.
The then New Zealand Consul-General in Hong Kong, Ms Adele Bryant, very kindly hosted a launch for Vaughan at the New Zealand Residence. Vaughan's step-daughter, Pauline Canlas Wu (who contributed sketches for the book cover), made the following drawing to commemorate the event: Please also see the New Zealand Consulate-General for their report of the event.
BOOK BY VAUGHAN RAPATAHANA PUBLISHED BY PROVERSE HONG KONG
Home, Away, Elsewhere
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A REVIEW of Vaughan Rapatahana's "Home. Away, Elsewhere" has appeared in UK-based "The Journal".
"his uses of typography are so simple, so obvious once seen, and so very clever – "the FAT bastard" – that my admiration increased with every page I turned."
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