Jully Makini (also Jully Sipolo) was born in Gizo in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. She graduated from the University of the South Pacific and began writing seriously after attending the Solomon Island Women Writers’ Workshop in 1980. Her collections of poetry include Civilized Girl (1981), Praying Parents (1986), and Flotsam and Jetsam (2007). As an editor with the University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands Centre, she helped edit the first anthology of Solomon Islands women’s writing, Mi Mere (1983). 

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