Grace Taylor is a poet, spoken word artist and teaching artist of Samoan and English heritage. This Auckland raised afakasi women has been playing with words since she was 14 years old and performing since 2007 from South Auckland to Edinburgh. Co-founder of the first youth poetry slam in the country "Rising Voices Youth Poetry Movement" and teaching spoken word. Grace debuted her first collection of poetry "Afakasi Speaks" in 2013 with Hawaiian publisher Ala Press. She will feature in the Auckland Writers Festival 2015 and debuts her one women theatre show "My Own Darling" with Auckland Theatre Company in October 2015.