Doug Poole is of Samoan (Ulberg Aiga of Tula’ele, Apia, Upolo) and European descent and resides in Waitakere City, Auckland, New Zealand. His work has been published in numerous Pacific and international literary journals and anthologies, and he serves as editor and publisher of the renowned online poetry journal blackmail press. In 2008, Poole produced the performance poetry show Polynation, featuring Maori and Pacific writers, at the Queensland Poetry Festival and the Going West Books & Writers Festival. In 2009, he collaborated with New Zealand painter Penny Howard on Atārangi Whenua (Shadow Land), a touring exhibition.

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