Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-tonga, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa, Kāi Tahu) has worked as a drama teacher, an art teacher, a visual artist, a performing artist, a florist, a stilt walker, and a journalist. She has had her poems and short stories published in multiple journals and anthologies, and has won both the Takahe Short Story Competition and the Huia Best Novel Extract in English. She welcomes working with difficult questions and tries to move through her life at the ‘speed of creativity’. Her first book ‘Poroporoākī: Weaving the Via Dolorosa’ was published by Seraph Press in 2016. She holds a BA in Art Theory, Graduate Diplomas in Psychology, Teaching and Performing Arts, and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Victoria University.