Ya-Wen Ho

Ya-Wen Ho is a letterpress researcher, graphic designer, and poet currently living in and working from Wellington. As research assistant for the Chinese Scholars’ Studio project at Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington, she is cleaning and archiving a unique collection of Chinese metal type, once used to print the New Zealand Chinese Growers Journal (1949-1972). As part of the project, she researches and contextualises the local history of the Growers Journal within broader Chinese-language print histories. 

Always seeking to bridge academia and broader communities, she also practises as a poet and freelance graphic designer. Her first book of poetry was published by Tinfish Press (Hawaii, 2012). Literary awards include a Horoeka/Lancewood Reading Grant in 2015 and the Ema Saiko Poetry Fellowship at New Zealand Pacific Studio in 2016. She designs print matter, from community zines to the first English-Mandarin bilingual edition of 25 Best New Zealand Poems (Wai-te-ata Press, 2016). A Taipei-born New Zealander, she works bilingually between Mandarin and English, merging the two languages in performance.

For AAAH2018 Ya-Wen hosted a talk as part of the Realign the Margins: AAAH Zine Club programming.

Ya-Wen also led Chinese letterpress and poetry: a discussion - which focused on the limits and possibilities of the letterpress as a writing method, as part of the Asian Aotearoa Writers Occupation ‘Working Week’ hosted by Enjoy Public Art Gallery.

Photo by Dennis Thorpe

Photo by Dennis Thorpe