Magnolia 木蘭

Author(s): Nina Mingya Powles

Ockham Awards 2021 | Poetry

Shanghai, Aotearoa, Malaysia, London-all are places poet Nina Powles calls home and not-home; from each she can be homesick for another.


A gorgeous bittersweet longing and hunger runs through the poems in this new collection from one of our most exciting poetic voices. In Magnolia Powles explores her experience of being mixed-race and trying to find her way through multiple languages: English, Mandarin, Hakka, Maori.


Powles uses every sense to take us on a journey through cities, food and even time, weaving her story with the stories of women from history, myth and film.


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Shortlisted for 2021 Ockham NZ Book Awards - Poetry

Nina Mingya Powles is a poet, zinemaker and non-fiction writer of Malaysian-Chinese and Pakeha heritage, currently living in London. She is the author of a food memoir, Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai (The Emma Press, 2020), poetry box-set Luminescent (Seraph Press, 2017), and several poetry chapbooks and zines, including Girls of the Drift (Seraph Press, 2014). In 2018 she was one of three winners of the inaugural Women Poets' Prize, and in 2019 won the Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing. Magnolia was shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Nina has an MA in creative writing from Victoria University of Wellington and won the 2015 Biggs Family Prize for Poetry. She is the founding editor of Bitter Melon , a risograph press that publishes limited-edition poetry pamphlets by Asian writers. Her collection of essays, Small Bodies of Water, is forthcoming from Canongate Books in 2021.

General Fields

  • : 9780995108257
  • : Seraph Press
  • : Seraph Press
  • : November 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nina Mingya Powles