Colleen Maria Lenihan
Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
Colleen Maria Lenihan is a fiction writer, screenwriter and photographer, and a graduate of Te Papa Tupu and The Creative Hub. Her writing has appeared in Reading Room and The Pantograph Punch.
Colleen has been awarded a number of residencies: Michael King Writers’ Centre Emerging Māori Writer (2019); Newroom/Surrey Hotel Winner (2019); and the Dan Davin Literary Foundation (2021).
After fifteen years in Tokyo and a year in New York City, Colleen returned to Tāmaki Makaurau in 2016 where she is now based. Colleen is currently screenwriting for Ahikāroa, a drama on Māori TV.
Her first book Kōhine, proudly published by Huia, was launched in August 2022 and has been warmly received by readers across the motu.
Newroom/Surrey Hotel Winner (2019)
Dan Davin Literary Foundation (2021)