small words in a vast universe is an e-zine slash newsletter published by me, Nadine Anne Hura, weekly(ish). Subscribers can expect a semi-regular mixed bag of sweets directly to the inbox: essays, columns, forays into comedic auto-fiction, politics, poetry and odes to lost pets. I am based in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Ko wai au? | Who am I?
I descend from two rivers; the Mersey in England on my mother's side and Waiōmio (Ngāti Hine) on my father's. I work in the climate change meets-the-arts sector, and I am a member of the independent publishing collective Taraheke Press. I write a regular column for The Spinoff, where I cover politics and climate justice with a Te Tiriti lens. The stories I share here in iti te kupu pick up on those threads in a slower and more personal style; weaving in threads of grief, healing, whakapapa (ancestry), language revitalisation, art, literature and of course, my love of everything hand-made = Small words, vast kaupapa.
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iti te kupu: small words in a vast universe is primarily a kaupapa/cause-driven newsletter meaning accessibility is key (i.e. free!). However, I do ask readers to subscribe/sign in, which helps keep the space safe for me and for others.
Behind the paywall, you'll find musings about my complicated relationship with alcohol, leaving my marriage & parenting solo, first love, and the things I've learned about lies & truth. I also share reflections on the stories behind my published columns.
Paid subscriptions support me to write and publish my work independently. I can't overstate the significance of this! It means I can invest more time in not-for-profit activities that disrupt traditional modes of publishing and it also allows me to support other kaituhi Māori to do the same. I appreciate being able to stand outside mainstream platforms and critique their practices more independently. So far, paid subscriptions have allowed me to fully self-fund my chapbook, Narrating the Seasons of Grief.
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Ka nui ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa - thank you!