Madeleine Marie Slavick

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Madeleine Slavick / 思樂維
NationalityHong Kong / Aotearoa / USA
Known forwriter, photographer
Notable workHONG香KONG港SONG嗓, Delicate Access 微妙之途,[1] My Favourite Thing 我最寶貴的 and Fifty Stories, Fifty Images
Awards2022 Parkin Prize Finalist / 2015 R.A.K Mason Fellow
/ 2013 International Flash Fiction Day Competition Finalist / 2012 Charles Rooking Carter Awards Finalist / 1998 Bumbershoot Book Award[2]

Madeleine Slavick is an author and photographer[3] whose work is notable for crossing cultural barriers.[4] Her writing and photography have been published and exhibited internationally.[5]


Madeleine Slavick was born in the United States, moved to Hong Kong where she lived from 1988 to 2012, and then to New Zealand, where she is now based.[6]

Reviewer Bradley Winterton in the Taipei Times described Slavick's Delicate Access as having "poise and a terse intelligence" with "nothing unbuttoned" and having a "minimalist concentration."[7] Reviewer Tammy Ho in the Asian Review of Books described her poetry as transforming small and "seemingly insignificant things" into "meaning-loaded symbols."[8] Reviewer Michael Ingham described her poem Mong kok Market, about life in Hong Kong, as depicting the "instant slaughter one cannot avoid witnessing at the live meat and fish stalls."[9]

Slavick has stated, "In the projects I undertake, I try to create a sense of community which enriches me, the other participants, and the audience."[4]

She also exhibits with her three artist-sisters, Susanne Slavick, Sarah Slavick, and elin O’Hara slavick.[10]

Publications, Exhibitions, Interviews, Awards[edit]

  • TOWN - a book of prose and poems and photography, The Cuba Press, 2024
  • Radio New Zealand (RNZ) Interview with Mark Amery, 2023
  • Finalist, Parkin Prize, New Zealand, 2022
  • Essay 'The Yellow Chair' first published in Cha - An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), subsequently in Monday Artpost (Toronto), Love in the Time of Covid Chronicle (NZ) and Guernica (New York), 2022
  • 'Madeleine Slavick's Art of Looking' by David Mealing, in EyeContact and PhotoForum, 2021
  • Photography published in D-Photo, New Zealand, 2020
  • Family Tree Whakapapa – elin o'Hara, Madeleine, Sarah and Susanne Slavick / Exhibition: Aratoi Museum, and Wallace Arts Centre, New Zealand, 2020–2021
  • Essay on Family Tree Whakapapa [1] by Erin Kavanagh-Hall
  • Writing/Photography published in various New Zealand publications: Art News, Art New Zealand, Blue Five Notebook, Bonsai – Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, Broadsheet, Flash Frontier, Jacket, Love in the Time of Covid, Poetry in Multicultural Oceania, Poetry New Zealand, Sweet Mammalian, Takahe, and Tuesday Poem
  • Photography portfolio featured in PhotoForum, New Zealand, with an essay by Janet Bayly, 2019
  • Photography exhibited in 2019 Wairarapa Art Review, Selector: Karl Chitham
  • Photography published in My Body, My Business: New Zealand sex workers in an era of change (Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2018)
  • HONG KONG SONG – solo photography exhibition, The Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, 2016; and Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton, 2015
  • RED – solo photography exhibition, Victoria University of Wellington, 2015
  • Founding coordinator of the writing series Wairarapa Word since 2012
  • FIFTY STORIES, FIFTY IMAGES – book of prose and photography, Hong Kong: MCCM Creations, 2012
  • Free Poetry, part of the Greytown Arts Festival, 2012
  • GHOST RECORDS – with Luo Hui, published in ArtPost 2010, exhibited in Toronto, 2011
  • SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL MIGHT HAPPEN, book of poetry with photography by Shimao Shinzo, Tokyo: Usimaoda Books, 2010[1]
  • CHINA VOICES , co-editor, book of non-fiction, Hong Kong: Oxfam, 2010[1]
  • MY FAVOURITE THING, curator of exhibition in Hong Kong; co-editor of book of non-fiction, published in Beijing: Joint Publishing, 2005; and Taipei 2006
  • DELICATE ACCESS, solo exhibition in Hong Kong; book published with Chinese translations by Luo Hui, Hong Kong: Sixth Finger Press, 2004[1]
  • COLO(U)R, ebook, exhibition, postcards, from 2003
  • RECONSIDERED CROSSINGS – Representation beyond Hybridity, group exhibition, Hong Kong and Vienna, 2001-2
  • ROUND – Poems and Photographs of Asia, poetry and photography exhibition (Hong Kong and Cairo); book published with Barbara Baker in Hong Kong: Asia 2000 Publishers, 1998 [1]
  • FLESH & BLOOD – group exhibition in USA from 1997, and in Hong Kong, 2000
  • TOGETHER, solo exhibition at five locations in Hong Kong and Singapore, 1996
  • Solo exhibition at Hong Kong Fringe Club, 1991
  • Daily blog from 2010 – 2014 [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Madeleine Marie Slavick, Accessed June 24, 2014
  2. ^ City Voices: Hong Kong Writing in English 1945 to the Present, Hong Kong University Press, 2003, Michael Ingham, Xu Xi, Madeleine M. Slavick, see page 318, Accessed June 27, 2014
  3. ^ Rosi, Adele (19 November 2001). "Favourite things". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b Rosie Milne, 31 Aug 2004, The Telegraph, Hong Kong's poets are crossing cultural barriers, Accessed June 26, 2014, "...Madeleine Marie Slavick was a founder of Sixth Finger Press which published bilingually – in English and Chinese. "...I try to create a sense of community which enriches me..."
  5. ^ "Cha: An Asian Literary Journal – Madeleine Marie Slavick". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ Slavick, Madeleine. "Tuna, eel". Vice-Versa: a University of Hawai'l ezine. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  7. ^ Bradley Winterton (reviewer), Dec 05, 2004, Taipei Times, 'Drink long opinions full of violets': Poet Madeleine Marie Slavick is a contributor to Taiwan magazines and the author of 'Delicate Access', Accessed June 26, 2014, "...Everything about this book spells poise and a terse intelligence. There is nothing unbuttoned, no flavor of Walt Whitman... we find delicacy ... suggestions of intimacies ... and a minimalist concentration.."
  8. ^ Tammy Ho, 9 November 2004, Asian Review of Books, Delicate Access by Madeleine Marie Slavick, Accessed June 26, 2014, ".. the poet transforms some small and seemingly insignificant things—a dent in the carpet, a yellow mark on the wall—into meaning-loaded symbols..."
  9. ^ 2007, Oxford University Press, Michael Ingham, Hong Kong: A Cultural History, see page 182, Accessed June 26, 2014, "..Slavick depicts the instant slaughter..."
  10. ^ Kavanagh-Hall, Erin (5 May 2021). "Sisters add whakapapa to work". Times Age. Wairarapa. Retrieved 20 August 2021.