Our Coordinator Team

  • Ros Ali set up the YWP in the summer of 2008 with the key founder and patron, Dame Chris Cole Catley. Much of Ros’ work has been with young people. Her background includes practising as a NZ Registered Nurse, mother and grandmother of a large whanau, and many years teaching English and writing in secondary schools. She has led and taught many community writing projects and she is a frequent presenter on creative practice in New Zealand and Australia.

    At Epsom Girls Grammar School Ros established the EGGS Writing Programme, in addition to teaching English, managing the library, co- directing Grammar musicals for a number of years, and publishing  Silver Road, an anthology of student writing. Her current position is at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, as Director of Libraries and Global Commons and Head of the Writing Programme.

    Ros is a trustee of the Michael King Writers Centre Charitable Trust.

  • Jo joined Ros Ali and Dame Chris Cole Catley on the YWP staff after appearing as a guest poet in 2009 (and immediately falling in love with the programme). In addition to working on the YWP, Jo teaches creative writing at Massey University, where she has worked since 2011. Before this, she was an English Literature teacher at Kristin School—and, before that, at Gresham’s School in England. She read Japanese and English Literature at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and has loved languages and writing all her life. She has written two books of poetry, and a nonfiction book about confessional poetry and the medical humanities. Most recently, she was the guest editor of Poetry New Zealand 2020, and wrote the poetry chapter for the Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability.

  • Carrie Rudzinski is a poet and published author who ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Featured in Bustle, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue, she has performed her work over the past 14 years in 6 countries and in almost all 50 of the United States. Her poems have been published in Landfall, The Spinoff, University of California Press, Learn Than Burn, We Will Be Shelter, Catalyst and Muzzle. Carrie has taught poetry and performance at schools, universities and festivals around the world, including lecturing in creative writing and performing arts for three years at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland. She most recently won the 2019 Pussy Riot award at the Auckland Fringe Festival and performed at the 10th annual Tedx in Christchurch.