Robert Sullivan is of Nga Puhi and Galway Irish descent. In 1998 he was the Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland, and in 2001 the Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Hawai`i. Twice he was a finalist in the national New Zealand Book Awards for poetry. Since 1990 he has written seven books of poetry, including Star Waka which has been reprinted five times, (AUP), a graphic novel illustrated by Chris Slane, Maui: legends of the outcast, and a children’s book Weaving earth and sky: myths and legends of Aotearoa – which won both Book of the Year and the Non-Fiction Category in the 2003 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. His first book, Jazz Waiata, won the PEN (NZ) Best First Book of Poetry award. He is Head of the School of Creative Writing at Manukau Institute of Technology.