Figiel, Sia

About Sia Figiel

Biography (Poetry Foundation)



Tsang, Lori. “Where We Once Belonged/The Anchored Angel.” Amerasia Journal, vol. 26, no. 3, 2000-2001

Kaske, Michelle. “Adult Books: Fiction.” Booklist, vol. 96, no. 6, 1999

Ellis, Juniper. “Asia & the Pacific: Samoa.” World Literature Today, vol. 71, no. 4, 1997



Ellis, Juniper. “Moving the Centre: An Interview with Sia Figiel.” World Literature Written in English, vol. 37, no. 1-2, 1998



Teaiwa, Teresia. “Reading Imperialism in the Pacific: The Prose of Joseph Veramu and the Poetry of Sia Figiel.” Anglo-American Imperialism and the Pacific: Discourses of Encounter, Keown et al. (eds.), 2018

Wilson, Janet M. “Deconstructing Home: 'The Return' in Pasifika Writing of Aotearoa New Zealand.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 54, no. 5, 2018

Keown, Michelle. “Major Authors: Albert Wendt, Sia Figiel, Epeli Hau‘ofa.” The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 12: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific since 1950, Howells et al. (eds.), 2017

Ramsay, Raylene. “Indigenous Women Writers in the Pacific: Déwé Gorodé, Sia Figiel, Patricia Grace.” Postcolonial Text, vol. 7, no. 1, 2012

Pes, Annalisa. “Indigenous Representations in K. S. Prichard and Sia Figiel's Short Fiction.” Drops of Light Coalescing: Studies for Maria Teresa Bindella, Riem Natale and Righetti (eds.), 2010

Cowling, Wendy E. “Island Lives: The Writing of Sia Figiel (Samoa) and Celestine Hitiura Vaite (Tahiti).” Junctures, vol. 12, 2009

Heuvel-Disler, Heidi van den. “The South Pacific Family Centre-Stage: Kinship and Nation in Short Fiction by Patricia Grace and Sia Figiel.” CDS Research Report, vol. 23, 2005

Perelini, Malia Va'a. “Liberating the Samoan Female Body in the Novels of Sia Figiel: An Insider Perspective.” SPAN, vol. 54-55, 2005

Kazue, Nakamura. “Suicides and Arsonists: Albert Wendt, Mishima Yukio, Sia Figiel or the Literature of Modern Darkness.” SPAN, vol. 54-55, 2005

Faessel, Sonia. “Construction of a Cultural Identity in the Writings of Sia Figiel and Flora Devatine: The Case of The Girl in the Moon Circle (1996) and Tergiversations et Rêveries de l'Écriture Orale (1998).” Re-Imagining Language and Literature for the 21st Century, Duangsamosorn (ed.), 2005

Thomas, Brooke. “The Diglossic Text as Postcolonial Strategy in the Work of Samoan Writer Sia Figiel.” (Sub)Texts: New Perspectives on Literature and Culture, Benbow and Ernst (eds.), 2002

Keown, Michelle. “'Gaugin Is Dead': Sia Figiel and the Representation of the Polynesian Female Body.” SPAN, vol. 48-49, 1999




Freelove (2016)

They Who Do Not Grieve (1998)

Where We Once Belonged (1996)


Short Story Collections

The Girl in the Moon Circle (1996)


Poetry Collections

To a Young Artist in Contemplation: Poetry & Prose (1998)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Pua and Daffodils: Weaving the Ula in Postcolonial Oceania.” Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 2016

“Song of the Banyan Tree.” The Contemporary Pacific, vol. 22, no. 2, 2010

“Seabird Tales: the Pacific Paintings of Dan Taulapapa McMullin.” Art & Australia, vol. 46, no. 4, 2009


Audio- and Audiovisual Material

APT5 performance / Sia Figiel: 'To a Young Artist in Contemplation', YouTube, 21 Sep. 2018

Part 1: Writer/Performer Sia Figiel's "Polynesian Dance and Culture Class", YouTube, 19 Jan. 2013

Part 2: Writer/Performer Sia Figiel's "Polynesian Dance and Culture Class", YouTube, 26 Jan. 2013

"The Daffodils From A Native's Perspective" by Sia Figiel, YouTube, 16 Dec. 2012