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How We Survive is a poetry collective born of the brilliance and friendship of Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall.


Internationally renowned poets, Rudzinski and Hall began collaborating in 2016 and created a 90-minute poetry show titled How We Survive, which toured both theatres and schools across New Zealand in 2019.


The pair have published a poetry collection of the same name and a spoken word album  'They Will Never Own Us' available on Spotify. Their new poetic theatre work Hysterical is currently touring Aotearoa in 2022.

Carrie and Olivia's poetry is confronting and accessible; angry and loving; powerful and needed. It reminds us this is how we survive: together.

Carrie Rudzinski (She/her) is a poet, published author, and teaching artist who has performed over the past 17 years in 6 countries and across the United States. In 2019, she won the Pussy Riot award at the Auckland Fringe Festival and received a standing ovation at Tedx Christchurch. Featured in Bustle, HuffPost and Teen Vogue, her poems have been published in such collections as Landfall, The Spinoff, Stasis Journal, Learn Then Burn, Catalyst, and Muzzle.

She ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam and is a co-founder of the JAFA Poetry Slam. Carrie has authored seven books, five spoken word albums, and performed at Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, Nelson Arts Festival, LitCrawl and WORD Christchurch. 

She loves peanut butter, playing Mario Kart, and buying plants that she will one day kill from overwatering. She currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand with her partner.

Find her on instagram @Splintercheek

Carrie Rudzinski stands in front of a microphone performing a poet.
Olivia Hall smiles into the camera.

Olivia Hall (she/her) is a kiwi poet with a Masters Degree in Gender, who has also lived and performed in New York and London. In New York she won multiple poetry slams at the famous Bowery Poetry club, and in London she was the 2019 Genesis Slam Champion, and made the top six at the 2021 Hammer and Tongue National Final. Liv has been performing poetry for eight years and came third at the 2015 New Zealand Slam Championships. She previously helped organise and run Poetry in Motion in Wellington and won the 2015 Matariki Slam, the 2016 Capital Slam and the 2017 Wellington Fringe Festival Slam. Her work was published in the 2020 Poets Versus Sexual Harassment anthology, produced in partnership with UN Women in the UK. She is still not really sure what she wants to do with her life or where to call home, but recently moved from London to Auckland, New Zealand with her partner.

Find her on Instagram @livs_hall

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