Kirsty Dunn

Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa

Te Uri o Tai

1984 -

Kirsty Dunn is a writer and researcher based at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha - The University of Canterbury. Her poetry has appeared in Blackmail Press, Potroast, and Popshot: The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing. Her short story "Sam" was a finalist in the Pikihuia Awards in 2013 and was published in Huia Short Stories 10. She was also a contributing author to the 2017 biographical anthology "Tāngata Ngāi Tahu: People of Ngāi Tahu". She lives with her partner and son in Te Waipapa (Diamond Harbour) and is currently working on her PhD in Māori literature in English and a collection of poems and photography inspired by her time spent living on Rēkohu (Chatham Island) with her whānau. She also runs Poetica: the Ōtautahi-Christchurch Urban Poetry Project. You can find more of her work on her website:

Biographical sources

  • Author - Feb 2018.


  • "Sam." Huia Short Stories 10. Huia Publishers, 2013.
  • "Thursdays" Headland: Literary Frontiers and Emerging Voices, Eds. Laura McNeur, Liesl Nunns. 6 (May 2016).
  • Non-fiction

  • "Preservation.' Canta, n. 1, 2013.
  • "How We All Respond – Simon Gennard." Presence Magazine (online), July 25, 2013.
  • Author interview.
  • Do You Know Where the Light Is? Factory Farming and Industrial Slaughter in Michael Faber's Under the Skin. In Meat Culture. Ed. Annie Potts, Leiden, Brill. 2016. 149-162
  • Book Chapter
  • Poetry

  • "Working Class." Blackmail Press, no. 33.
  • "De-con-struct." Potroast (online), no 9, June 2012.
  • "What to do when the ******* has gone" Popshot: The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing - The Romance Issue, Feb 2018
  • Reviews

  • Review of Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism, Eds. Katarina Gregerdotter, John Hōglund and Nicklas Hāllēn. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. In Animal Studies Journal 5:2, 2016: 228-231.
  • Theses

  • Dunn, Kirsty H. Inherit the World, Devour the Earth: Representations of Western Meat Production and Consumption in Contemporary Fiction : A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in English in the University of Canterbury, College of Arts, University of Canterbury, 2015.