"I grew up with my nana and I would follow her everywhere...go to uta...…
Trixi Rosa is a listener/learner/poet/artist from Punakaiki, Aotearoa, currently living between
Tāmaki Makaurau and the unceded Kulin lands known as Melbourne. She works for local
non-profit organisations, collaborating with other artists to co-design community arts and
cultural development projects with youth.
double-knotted shoelace, Trixi Rosa’s first published collection of poetry, is grounded in both
her experience & observations. Growing up in a small, isolated community in Te Tai Poutini, Te
Waipounamu (West Coast, South Island), it touches on her connection to place, bloodlines,
grief and loss, generational trauma, gendered violence, mental health, addiction, shame,
Trixi Rosa has had work published by literary bodies such as Hunter Writer Centre (AUS),
Genre: Urban Arts (USA), Maternal Journal (USA) and Verity La (AUS). She has performed and
exhibited work locally and internationally at First Site Gallery, Emerging Writers Festival,
Melbourne Writers Festival, The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), Chopin Theatre (Chicago),
Footscray Arts (FCAC), Seven Sisters Festival and The Wheeler Centre. In 2019, she undertook
the Emerging Cultural Leaders residency at Footscray Arts and also completed a Masters of
Socially Engaged Art at RMIT, receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Academic
Trixi Rosa’s work is a tender and restless unravelling of self. She uses personal narrative to
carve an awkward inquiry into the intersections of identity and endless pursuit of place.
Moving through word, body, matter and space, she shares stories of stillness and fluidity,
resilience and vulnerability.