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Minarets #7

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Edited by Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle
Art by Cat Fooks
Edition of 100
ISSN 2253-4873

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A lot can happen in a month, & a lot can happen in 3 years. Whenever something goes on hiatus, I feel like there’s often a large chance it won’t resurface again. The last time an issue of Minarets came out it was autumn 2014. 3 years ago I was severely depressed, living in Auckland w/ my mum & then boyfriend. I remember reading poems for the launch of issue 6 in a Mt Eden park on a chilly afternoon. Shortly after, Chris (who edited Minarets & Compound Press) left for America to pursue an MFA, & things went quiet.

Minarets had built up into an alternative DIY outlet that championed openness & intensity in poetry, with a focus on NZ but also including a few international writers each time. I am guest-editing this new issue from Melbourne where I live with 2 flatmates & a collection of fake plants. Even though I’m in Australia rn, there are a bunch of NZ writers I am excited & care about. I’m also glad to be in the position to publish a few Melbourne writers & bring their work to NZ audiences.

There are a few familiar faces in this issue who have been published in Minarets before. ppl wanting to come back after the hiatus makes us feel positive about its place in the community, & that it’s something worth reviving. Of course it’s boring tho when magazines publish the same few people over & over. Starting again w/ friends is good, & we can continue to branch out as things get established again.

So yes, Minarets is back, w/ the same spirit of openness & intensity going fwd, maybe even moreso than before, & I’m glad to be part of its revival.

Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle
August 2017

HANA PERA AOAKE (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Te Wehi & Ngāti Raukawa) is a writer and artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. Hana works in a library & in a collective called Fresh and Fruity. They are studying towards an MFA at Massey.

EDEN BRADFIELD is a New Zealand poet, chef, & musician based in Oamaru in the South Island, Te Waipounamu.

OWEN CONNORS is a New Zealand poet who lives in Auckland. His chapbook how to appear to disappear was part of the show New Perspectives (Artspace, 2016), & he is currently establishing Hard Press, a publishing house to represent unconventional writers.

ANNA CREWS (b. 1995) is a writer living in Melbourne, Australia. She can be found on instagram @annacrews9.

CRAIG FOLTZ is an artist and writer who has been trespassing in Auckland for the past 15 years. He has released two books on Ugly Duckling Presse. Currently, he’s fascinated with collaborations. Send all proposals and suggested edits to: craig[dot]foltz[at]gmail[dot]com

CAT FOOKS is an artist from Hamilton. She is represented by Anna Miles Gallery in Auckland.

REBECCA NASH is a poet who lives in Lyttelton with her child, cat, dog and many spiders in the corners. She is a graduate of Victoria University’s IIML and likes to read poems in bars.

RACHEL O’NEILL is a filmmaker, writer and artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. Her debut collection of poems One Human in Height was published by Hue & Cry Press in 2013.

URSULA ROBINSON SHAW is a writer from Wellington, New Zealand, currently hiding in Melbourne, Australia.


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