John Pule: Odes of a Restless Spirit
John Puhiatau Pule, ONZM, (born 1962) is a Niuean artist, novelist and poet.
Pule was born in Liku, Niue and has lived in Auckland, New Zealand since the age of 3. The Queensland Art Gallery describes him as “one of the Pacific’s most significant artists”.
Pule’s first novel, The Shark that Ate the Sun (Ko E Mago Ne Kai E La), was published in 1992. Burn My Head in Heaven (Tugi e ulu haaku he langi) followed in 2000, and Restless people (Tagata kapakiloi) in 2004.
His published poetry includes Sonnets to Van Gogh and Providence (1982), Flowers after the Sun (1984) and Bond of Time (1985).
In 2000 Pule was the University of Auckland Literary Fellow and in 2002 took up a distinguished visiting writer’s residency in the department of English at the University of Hawaii. In 2005 he was awarded an art residency at Roemerapotheke, Basel, Switzerland and in 2004 he was honoured with the prestigious Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.