Author(s): Hinemoana Baker
A queer / takatapui Maori writer living in Berlin, Germany since 2015, Hinemoana Baker brings a unique perspective both to and from the 'global North'. Drawing on the German meaning of the word 'funken' - to send a radio signal - her latest collection broadcasts unsettling songs of rebirth, love, friendship and alienation across homes and languages, to the living and to the dead.
Funkhaus is home to big, punchy poems and shimmering delicacy, as well as Hinemoana's trademark humour. This book invites readers to tune out the crackle and static, and dial in their own receivers to a signal that has travelled a long way to reach them, no matter where they are.
HINEMOANA BAKER is a poet, musician and creative writing teacher. She traces her ancestry from Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa Rangatira, Te Ati Awa and Ngai Tahu, as well as from England and Germany (Oberammergau in Bayern). Her previous poetry collections are matuhi | needle (co-published in 2004 by Victoria University Press and Perceval Press), koiwi koiwi (VUP, 2010) and waha | mouth (VUP, 2014). She has edited several online and print anthologies and released several albums of original music and more experimental sound art. She works in English, Maori and more recently German, the latter in collaboration with German poet and sound performer Ulrike Almut Sandig. She is currently living in Berlin, where she was 2016 Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer in Residence, and completing a PhD at Potsdam University.