Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard is a Samoan writer based at the University of Hawaii as an assistant-professor of Pacific literature. She was born in Utulei village, Tutuila, Samoa and now lives in the Manoa Valley in Honolulu. Her critically acclaimed poetry and scholarship have appeared in national and international journals and her book of poetry - Alchemies of Distance - was published in 2002. The text weaves between prose and verse and communicates a search for a Samoan identity and path of development within a modern colonized world. In his review of Alchemies of Distance, Craig Santos Perez asserts that this text "transforms the distances of time, culture, memory, and migration into a poetry of witness"New Zealand-based Samoan writer and poet Albert Wendt describes Sinavaiana-Gabbard's voice as "a new blend of Samoan, American, and widely ranging poetic and philosophical languages. A unique, vibrant, undeniable voice which shapes the now fearlessly with profound understanding and forgiveness".
"I understood poetry as oxygen. And I wanted to breathe."