Anne-Marie Te Whiu is an Australian-born Māori – her whakapapa belongs to Te Rarawa in the Hokianga, Aotearoa. She lives in Wollongong on Dharawal Country and works on Gadigal lands. Anne-Marie is a poet, weaver, editor, festival director and since October 2019 has been employed as a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry. In 2019, alongside David Stavanger she co-edited Solid Air, Australia and New Zealand Spoken Word anthology (UQP, 2019).
She has edited Tony Birch’s poetry collection Whisper Songs (UQP, 2021). Her poems and essays have appeared in Ora Nui, Te WhēJournal, Australian Poetry, Sport NZ, Contemporary HUM, Running Dog, Rabbit, Emerging Writers Festival and Cordite amongst others. Anne-Marie has been a guest judge for Overland’s Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2021, Queensland Poetry Festival’s QRAA Ekphrasis Challenge and more.
Between 2015-2017 she was co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. Prior to this she founded and led the much-loved community event, The Home Festival in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. She has also worked as a producer for cultural organisations such as Woodford Folk Festival, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre, State Library of Queensland and Brisbane Powerhouse. Anne-Marie has exhibited her weavings as part of a Ctrl+Alt+Del event at the Outerspace Gallery as well as with the In*ter*is*land Collective.