Born in 1968 of Ngati Kuri, Te Rarawa and Te Aupouri descent. She was the recipient of the Todd Young Writers' Bursary in 2003. Her first novel was the critically-acclaimed Bloom. This was followed by Grace is Gone and On an Island, with Consequences Dire. Since 2002 Kelly Ana Morey has worked at the RNZN Museum as the oral historian; Service to the Sea is the Royal New Zealand Navy's history. She has won both a Montana first novel prize and the Janet Frame Award for Fiction.
Kelly Ana Morey spent much of her ridiculously magical and intensely imaginative childhood in Papua New Guinea. Her teenage years found her located between the maunga and the sea in Taranaki. Watching.
Two degrees, a B.A. in English and a M.A. specialising in contemporary Maori art, were followed by a third, a M.A.Lit. She is currently writing her PhD on the use of museum collections in contemporary New Zealand art.
Her story 'Maori Bread' featured in the first Tandem 100 Short, Short Stories anthology and 'The Gardenia Tree' is found in the fourth edition of the same series. In 1997 her story 'Tangiweto' was a finalist in the Huia Maori Writing Awards and subsequently published in the 1997 Huia anthology of Maori writing. In 2001 'Cartography' was published in another Huia anthology of Maori writing. And although three of her poems have found their way into Whetu Moana: Contemporary Poetry in English, brevity has never come naturally, so in recent times Kelly Ana's interest has turned to the novel.
Kelly Ana also writes criticism - art and literary - and enjoys dabbling in magazine journalism. She is a graduate of the Auckland University creative writing class and has a soft spot for jack russell terriers, other people's writing, the New Zealand thoroughbred, star gazing and the various ghosts and characters she carts around in the bottomless kete of her imagination.