"As one of eight writers, poet Janet Charman was invited in 2009 to take part in a hectic, immersive literary residency in Hong Kong. Written out of this time of stimulating buzz, 仁 surrender chronicles the tensions, translations and literary crushes that ensue, with ever-present comedy. From this intense hothouse and these privileged constraints flow narrative poems that capture the creative and cultural dislocation of travel, with its petty irritants and constant surprises. "
The author of many books of poetry, including At the White Coast (2012) and the award-winning Cold Snack (2007), Janet Charman is one of New Zealand's sharpest and most subversive writers. She lives in Auckland with her partner and daughters.