Dr. Bonnie Etherington

Discipline: SPACE (Literature)

Email: bjetherington@gmail.com

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Expertise / Activities
Lecturer in Literature

Educational Background/ Qualifications

PhD in English, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA)

Master of Creative Writing (Massey University, New Zealand)
BA Hons English (Massey University, New Zealand)

Dr Bonnie Etherington received her PhD in May 2020 from Northwestern University for a dissertation entitled “One Salt Water: Writing the Pacific Ocean in Contemporary Indigenous Protest Literatures.” She was the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Futures Postdoctoral Fellow from 2020-2021. From 2018 to 2020, she was a Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University. Dr Etherington was born in Aotearoa New Zealand but grew up in West Papua.

Research Interests
Contemporary narratives, poetry, and art by Indigenous creators from Oceania; creative writing


Selected awards:

2021 Tracey Banivanua Mar PhD Prize

2020 Hagstrum Prize for Best Dissertation (Northwestern)

2020 Annette Kolodny Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship

2018-2020 Presidential Fellowship (Northwestern)

Shortlisted for the 2018 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Long-listed for the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards (Fiction)

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2016)

2011 AA Directions’ New Travel Writer of the Year


The Earth Cries Out (Vintage NZ, 2017)

Peer Reviewed Articles:

“One Salt Water: The Storied Work of Trans-Indigenous Decolonial Imagining With West Papua.” The Contemporary Pacific. Forthcoming, March 2022.

“Mapping Modernity in Guam: The unincorporated Ecologies of Craig Santos Perez’s Poetics.” New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific. Eds. Matthew Hayward and Maebh Long. Routledge, 2019. 100-116.

Short Creative Works:

“True Things.” Blue Earth Review 23, Dec. 2019. 33-43.

“This is my Yum.” Hawai‘i Review Online, May 2019.

“The Aloes,” Geometry 4, Dec. 2018. 100-106.

“Flounder.” Landfall 235, May 2018. 116-121.

“The Desert Road.” Takahe 92, April 2018.

“Mango Season.” Guernica, 8 May 2017.


“Navigating the Pacific in unincorporated territory.” Review of from unincorporated territory tetralogy, by Craig Santos Perez, Chicago Review 64.1/2/3. June 2021. 29-35.

Review of New Sea Land, by Tim Jones, a fine line: the journal of the New Zealand Poetry Society. Aug. 2018.

“Literature of a Lonely Land.” Review of The Lonely and the Alone: The Politics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction, by Doreen D’Cruz and John C. Ross, definingnz. Jan. 2012.