Robert Sullivan is a poet of Ngāpuhi, Kai Tahu and Irish descent. His nine books include the bestselling Star Waka, which has been reprinted five times and short-listed for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards (2000), and award-winning and critically acclaimed works spanning poetry, a graphic novel, children’s non-fiction and an oratorio. Robert’s poem ‘Kawe reo / voices carry’ is installed in bronze in front of the Auckland city Library. With Albert Wendt and Reina Whaitiri, Robert edited two award-winning anthologies of Polynesian poetry in English, Whetu Moana and Mauri Ola. He and Reina Whaitiri also co-edited Puna Wai Kōrero: An Anthology of Māori Poetry in English, the first anthology of its kind, which won the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maāori Book Award for Creative Writing in 2015.