Leilani Tamu is a poet, social commentator, historian and former New Zealand diplomat. She is of Samoan, Tongan and Pakeha ancestry and graduated with a Master of Arts in Pacific History at the University of Auckland in 2005. Following this she joined the Foreign Service which led to postings in Australia and the Kingdom of Tonga. In 2013 she was the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa. Her work has appeared in a range of anthologies, including Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English, Niu Voices: Contemporary Pacific Fiction 1, Landfall, JAAM, Blackmail Press, Hawai'i Review, Snorkel, Metro, SPASIFIK and Griffith Review. The Art of Excavation is Leilani's first poetry collection.