Gregory Kan is a writer based in Auckland. His first manuscript, a series of poems, was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Prize in 2013. Kan's most recent series of poems, `A holding apart of air', features in the catalogue for the exhibition what is a life? by the painter Kim Pieters, at the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, and his work is featured or forthcoming in literary journals such as brief, `Hue & Cry, otoliths, Percutio, Sport and Turbine. Kan was also featured in - and gave the name to - `Paper Boat: Moments in the Life of a Book (video.lumiere.net.nz/ paper-boat/), a short film directed by Alex Mitcalfe Wilson.