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Jessie Puru (Ngāti Te Ata, Tainui, Ngāpuhi) is a poet and mother of one daughter living in Tāmaki Makaurau. She graduated with a Master of Creative Writing from AUT in 2020. Jessie’s work has been published in Ika, Blackmail Press, Landfall, Poetry (US), and she was runner up for the Emerging Poets Competition in 2019.