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Publishing Professionals and Independent Presses

 Publishing Professionals

Jenny Kimura
Hawaiian
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Jenny Kimura is a full-time book designer at a Big Five publisher and a part-time freelancer with Indigo: Editing, Design, and More, a freelance collective specializing in publishing services. She primarily works on middle-grade and young-adult novel design, and also has experience with graphic novels, picture books, and adult book design in all genres. Originally from Kailua, Hawai‘i, she currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. You can view her portfolio at www.jennykimura.comWebsite

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Alexander Te Pohe
Māori
he/him

Alexander is an editor at Entangled Publishing, and a writer of prose, poetry, and book reviews. At Entangled, he is looking for unique stories with a strong voice and speculative fiction in Young Adult, NA, and Adult. Entangled's Editor Wish ListsAlexander's Linktree

Michelle Parker
Kānaka Maoli
she/her

Michelle Parker provides editorial and authenticity/sensitivity reading services. You can find out more about her editorial services on her website. Website 

Lani Wendt Young
Sāmoan/Māori
she/her

Lani Young is an international bestselling author of YA fantasy, contemporary romance, and literary fiction, and the 2018 Pacific Laureate. She publishes her own books through Nafanua Press and is the co-editor of the Vā Anthology and the FUA Anthology through Tatou Publishing. Lani's WebsiteTatou Publishing's Website

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Sisilia Eteuati
Sāmoan
she/her

Sisilia Eteuati is the co-founder of Tatou Publishing and co-editor of Vā - Stories by Women of the Moana. Sisilia is an award winning writer and poet whose work has been published in various publications across the Pacific. Tatou Publishing's Website

Faith Wilson
Sāmoan
she/her

Faith Wilson is a Samoan/Pākehā writer, artist and editor, and the founder of Saufo’i Press. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters and has published in many local and international journals. She is currently the Pacific Arts Legacy Intern at Penguin Random House NZ.

Seuta‘afili Dr Patrick Thomsen
Sāmoan
he/them

Born and raised South Auckland, Seuta'afili Dr Patrick Thomsen is of Sāmoan descent and a Senior Lecturer in Glocabl Studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He is a Collections Editor of Queer and LGBTQIA+ Studies at Lived Places Publishing. Lived Places Publishing WebsiteWebsite

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Kelly Austin
Kanaka Maoli
she/her

Kelly is a designer working in the Creative Marketing Services department at a Big Five publisher. She primarily works digital advertising for romance, and commercial fiction. Originally from sunny California, she now resides in Brooklyn, New York. You can find her portfolio website at kellyaustindesigns.com Website

Jamie Knapp
CHamorro
she/her

Jamie Knapp is the Director of Publicity for Plume and Tiny Reparations Books and the Associate Director of Publicity for Dutton. She also serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Representative for the PPG Division at Penguin Random House.

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Pacific Islander
Publishing Presses

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A queer, communist publication project dedicated to Aotearoa's marginalized communities. 

They only accept submissions from  Aotearoa/New Zealand at this time. To submit to them, you can check their current submission guidelines on their website.

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A small, independent publisher enthusiastic about supporting all Papua New Guinean writers with social impact at the heart of their vision. To contact them, please visit their website.

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Huia Publishers is a Māori owned, independent publisher producing innovative and inspiring books and resources, and offers an online shop for their books and other Māori-authored works.

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Kamehameha Publishing is an 'Ōiwi Hawai'i publisher of high-quality, community-based materials that amplify 'ōlelo Hawai'i, 'ike Hawai'i, and kuana'ike Hawai'i. They deliver rich and engaging Hawaiian culture-based educational content for haumāna of all ages. You can view their submission guidelines on their website.

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An award-winning Pasifika book publishing company that produces Pasifika children's books to help tamaiti to be seen, heard and valued as Pasifika. It is based in Aotearoa and is run by Dahlia Malae'ulu. 

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Reo Pepi

Reo Pepi was founded by cousins Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson. Together they publish bilingual resources in English and Te reo Māori for tamariki, educators, and whānau.

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An independent publisher of Pacific poetry in Aotearoa. Founded in late 2021, it is run by writer and editor Faith Catherine Saufo'i Wilson.

They only accept submissions from Pacific poets in Aotearoa/New Zealand. To submit your poetry manuscript for publication, you can check their current submission guidelines on their website. 

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Tatou Publishing was co-founded in November 2021 by Sisillia Eteuati and Lani Young. They publish stories from the Moana, written by Pacific Islanders, about Pacific Islanders, and for Pacific Islanders.

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Twinnies Publishing

Twinnies Publishing was created by Tema, Sela, and Melenaite. They strive to be a platform for Pacific Islander storytellers, and produce books that honor their native languages and identities.

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