Dr Paula Jane Kiri Morris
BA (Auckland), MA (Victoria), MFA (Iowa), D. Phil (York)
Paula Morris (Ngati Wai) is a novelist and short story writer. Her novel Rangatira (Penguin, 2011) won the fiction categories at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards. She also writes YA novels, published by Scholastic in the US, and nonfiction, including On Coming Home (Bridget Williams Books, 2015).
Paula’s short stories have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies. Radio versions have been broadcast in both New Zealand and the US. Her first short story collection, Forbidden Cities (2008), was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Prize. She’s also the editor of The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (2008). Her story "False River" was shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award (UK), and appeared in the story and essay collection False River published by Penguin in November 2017.
She is a mentor in the Te Papa Tupu Māori writing incubator and the NZSA mentor programme, and has served as a judge in the Pikihuia Māori Literature Awards and the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. In 2018 she is the Pacific Region judge for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
A graduate of the University of Auckland, Paula holds degrees from two creative writing programmes – an MA from Victoria University in Wellington, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop – as well as a D.Phil from the University of York. She has been awarded numerous residencies and fellowships, including stays at Bellagio (the Rockefeller Foundation) in Italy; Passa Porta in Brussels; the International Writers' and Translators House in Ventspils, Latvia; and Brecht's House in Denmark. She has appeared at festivals in Europe, the US, China, the UK and New Zealand.
Paula has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, Tulane University in New Orleans, the University of Stirling and the University of Sheffield, as well as at festivals, schools, museums, conferences and writing centres around the world. She is the founder of the Academy of New Zealand Literature (www.anzliterature.com) and the University of Auckland's online literary journal The Three Lamps (www.thethreelamps.com).
Research | Current
- Creative writing
Postgraduate adviser, Master of Creative Writing
Areas of expertise
New Zealand Book Awards Trust
Māori Literature Trust
Michael King Writers Centre
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Morris, P. J. (2017). Book of the week: an essay by Paula Morris on race and literature. https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/27-07-2017/book-of-the-week-an-essay-by-paula-morris-on-race-and-literature/. Related URL.
- Morris, P. J. (2017). Literature in a Decile One School. https://thespinoff.co.nz/books/18-05-2017/literature-in-a-decile-one-school-paula-morris-goes-to-otahuhu/. Related URL.
- Morris, P. J. (2017). Making noise for Māori writers. https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@future-learning/2017/05/10/26115/making-noise-for-more-maori-writers. Related URL.
- Morris, P. J. (2017). False River. Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin Random House. Pages: 240. Related URL.
- Morris, P. J. (2016). Isn't It? (Short story). In C. Hanson, G. Kimber, T. Martin (Eds.) Katherine Mansfield and Psychology (pp. 127-135). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Related URL.
- Morris, P. J. (2016). Against thinking. In O'Connor P (Ed.) The Possibilities of Creativity (pp. 171-176). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Morris, P. J. (2016). Bright (Short Story). In S. Johnson (Ed.) Good Dog: New Zealand Writers on Dogs (pp. 180-185). Auckland, New Zealand: Vintage. Related URL.
- Morris, P. J. (2016). Three Princesses (Short Story). In B. Bargh, R. Bargh (Eds.) Stories on the Four Winds: Nga Hau e Wha (pp. 49-60). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.