Ruth and Oswald L Kraus Innovator-in-Residence

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Ruth and Oz Kraus founded Brick Row Publishing Company which had offices in both in Auckland, New Zealand and later Palm Springs, California. They specialised in literary publishing, particularly poetry, in the 1980s-2000s, and were very interested in fostering younger writers and artists.

This biennial scholarship supports a one-trimester student residency at Wai-te-ata Press. Applicants must have completed at least two years of study at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, be enrolled at the time of the residency, and/or intend to study in the following year. Applicants will also be expected to spend 10 weeks/400 hours physically on-site at Wai-te-ata Press during Trimester Three (November through February) to achieve the required outputs.

The successful student will explore the interface between creative writing and publishing in innovative formats using the letterpress, 3D printing, and digital facilities of the Press. Collaboration with other writers, artists, translators is encouraged. Expected outputs are a publication, exhibition, launch and talk.

The student will be paid a stipend ($8,000) and is eligible for an Individual Directed Study course credit (FHSS311 - 20 points or FHSS403 - 30 points).

Read about the inaugural Innovator-in-Residence for 2023-2024, Cadence Chung. Buy the book. Listen to a track or two.