Sia Figiel grew up amidst the traditional Samoan singing and poetry which heavily influenced her writing. Her formal schooling was conducted in Samoa and New Zealand where she also began a BA which was completed at Whitworth College (United States). She has travelled in Europe and completed writers' residencies at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, and University of Technology, Sydney.
Sia Figiel's poetry has won the Polynesian Literary Competition in 1994 and Where We Once Belonged was awarded the 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for fiction, South East Asia/South Pacific region. Her work has been translated into French, German, Catalan, Danish, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Portuguese.
- Where We Once Belonged (New Zealand: Pasifika, 1996) ISBN 0-908597-27-4 Review
- They Who do not Grieve (1999) ISBN 1-74051-010-0; Kaya Press, 2003, ISBN 978-1-885030-33-7
- Poetry & Stories
- The Girl in the Moon Circle (1996) ISBN 2-7427-2372-2
- To a Young Artist in Contemplation, Pacific Writing Forum, USP, 1998, ISBN 978-982-366-005-9 Excerpt
- Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, Robert Sullivan, ed. (2003). "Behind the Steel Bars; Songs of the Fat Brown Woman". Whetu moana: contemporary Polynesian poems in English. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-2756-4.
- Huia Publishers, ed. (2006). "The Dancers". Niu Voices. Huia Publishers. ISBN 978-1-86969-254-4.
- A Conversation with Sia Figiel at Frigatezine
- Between the steel bars poem at nzepc
- They Who do not Grieve recording of excerpt
- Songs of the fat brown woman poem
- A Garland of Exile and Belonging Time Pacific
- Sia Figiel profile at The South Project
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