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by Erica McQueen

Coco Solid Receives Fullbright Writers Residency

by Erica McQueen

Coco Solid Receives Fullbright Writers Residency

Jessica Hansell aka Coco Solid has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency.

Jessica is a musician, multi-disciplinary writer and visual artist of Māori, German and Samoan descent. Based at the Center for Pacific Islands Study at the University of Hawai’i Jessica will have access to a wealth of resources to facilitate her writing research.

On Waitangi Day this year, Jessica released a funk-infused hip hop 12-track mixtape titled ‘Cokes’. She will continue to work on a number of other projects in addition to the residency, including writing for Wellington Paranormal, an upcoming TV show featuring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.

The Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency grants one award (valued at $30,000) each year, towards three months of writing. It’s for a mid-career NZ writer of Pacific heritage to work on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai‘i.  

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