Professor Selina Anne Tusitala Marsh

PhD, MA (Auckland)


NZ Society of Authors Waitangi Honorary Literary Fellow 2017

Commonwealth Poet 2016

London Literary Death Match Winner 2015

Research | Current

  • Pasifika literature, particularly Pasifika women writers
  • Global indigenous literatures
  • Performance

Teaching | Current

ENGLISH 204 Pacific Literature in English

ENGLISH 252 Introduction to Creative Writing

Postgraduate supervision



Robin Peters, PhD (Main), 'Papatuanuku's Progeny: First Wave Maori Women Poets' (current)

Michele Johannsson, PhD (Co-), 'Mele Kanikau: The Plays of John Kneubuhl' (current)


Robert Sullivan, PhD (Main), 'Mana Moana: Five Pacific Poets'


Theresa Koroivulaona, PhD (Main), 'The Long Way Home: Oral Narratives in Fiji'

Masters of Creative Writing

Gina Cole, 'Black Ice', Short Story Collection (2013), now contracted to Huia Publishers

Samantha , 'Maiden Fiji', Historical Novel, now contracted to the University of the South Pacific Press, Fiji

Ila Selwyn, ‘Frames’ (Play and Integrated Poetry Collection), 2014, staged in 2016

Jinyu Han, ‘Wild Orchid’ (Novel), 2014

Fiona Melrose, ‘White Noise’ (Short Stories), 2014

Jon Little,

Melanie O'Laughlin, 'And their Wives”, Historical Novel, (2013)

Madeleine Rout, 'Waiheke', Short Story Collection (2013)

MA Thesis

Jo Commins, 'The Re-Mythology of Nafanua in Contemporary Diasporic Samoan Literature’ (2016)

Emma Ngakuravaru Powell, 'Stitching to the back-bone: A Cook Islands Literary Tivaivai' (2013)

Chant West, 'Spoken Word Politics in Aotearoa' (2012)

MA and BA(Hons) Research Projects


Makyla Curtis, ‘The Poetics of Bilanguaging: An Unfurling Literacy’

Fiona Stevens, ‘Myth, Transition, and Textuality in Rowen Metcalfe’s Transit of Venus

Georgia Quirke-Luping: ‘Creating a ‘Kadazancentricity’

Anthony Lai, ‘Maui in Transition: Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives’


Natasha Maharaj, ‘Indo-Fijian Literature, Diaspora in the plays of Sudesh Mishra’


Jo Commins, 'Remythology and the Goddess'

Marlowe Wynne-Woodley, 'Adorno’s Reification, Campbell’s universalism and Sia Figiel'

Stella Seo, 'Identity Politics and Mudrooroo'

Shivanjali Nandani, 'Indo-Fijian Identities and Sudesh Mishra’s ‘Feejee’'


Manisha Kumar, Imperial Narratives, Re-Mythology, in Ali Cobby Eckerman and John Pule’ 

Kieran van den Hurk,‘Transcultural Identities in Lani Wendt Young’s Telesa Trilogy’

Mymoena Abrams, Adolescence in Figiel and Wendt Young’s Y/A Fiction’


PhD Pastoral Adviser

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Marsh, S. T. (2020). Mophead TU: The Queen's Poem. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press. Pages: 96.
  • Marsh, S. T. (2019). Mophead How Your Difference Makes a Difference.
  • Marsh, S. A. (2016). Fast talking PI goes to London to visit the Queen. In J. Gracewood, S. Andrew (Eds.) Tell You What Great New Zealand Nonfiction 2017 (pp. 240-251). Auckland University Press, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Marsh, S. T. (2016). Letter from Cape Town: Selina Tusitala Marsh on coconuts and colonialism. Academy of New Zealand Literature Related URL.
  • Marsh, S. T. (2016). Fast talking PI visits the Queen. Booknotes Unbound, New Zealand Book Council Related URL.
  • Marsh, S. T. Unity: For Queen Elizabeth II On Behalf of 53 Commonwealth Nations, 14/3/2016. Commonwealth Observance Day, Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom. Commissioning body: Commonwealth Education Foundation, the Royal Commonwealth Society Related URL.
  • Marsh, S. A., & Tusitala Marsh, S. (2016). Unity. The Commonwealth service: A celebration of the Commonwealth, Westminster Abbey (pp. 13-13). London, United Kingdom: The Royal Commonwealth Society.
  • Marsh, S. T. (2016). Poems: Hawai’i: Prelude to a Journey, Guys like Gauguin, Statued (stat you?) Traditions. In K. Alexeyeff, J. Taylor (Eds.) Touring Pacific cultures. Canberra, Australia: Australia National University (ANU) Press. Related URL.