My name is Renee Gerlich.
I am a writer based in the Wellington region, New Zealand, whose educational background is in arts and education. I was researcher for a 2016 documentary called The HeArt of the Matter, about the development and subsequent rollback of education reforms implemented by New Zealand’s first Labour government, and was a panelist for the 2016 Peter Fraser memorial lecture. I have worked as an art history tutor at Victoria University, and my writing on arts and literacy has appeared in Education Aotearoa, Education Review, MENZA magazine, Freerange, FishHead, the Dominion Post, and Salient.
Between 2015 and 2019 my writing and activism focused on women’s issues and was published on Canadian website Feminist Current and the feminist magazine Rain and Thunder. Essays from this blog have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Norwegian and Serbo-Croatian. I was a panelist at Seeking Feminist Future, an event hosted by Sydney University in February 2020, and my 2019 talk delivered with the International Women’s Day committee in Brisbane can be viewed here. I have collaborated with author Janice Raymond and done interviews with Women’s Liberation News, Feminist Current, Defend Feminists, and the environmentalist writer Derrick Jensen (available at the hyperlinks). My feminist work has also involved regular exhibitions and stunts, and a fair amount of backlash! (You can read about my crazy Phantom Billstickers ban here, and see my interview on TVNZ’s Q&A here).
I now focus my energy on running workshops, and long term writing and illustration projects.
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