The words ‘international bestseller’ and ‘poet’ are rarely seen together, but Lang Leav has bucked the trend. The writer of hugely successful poetry collections, she commands an avid following through her deeply affecting poems and remarkably popular social media presence. Born to parents fleeing the Khmer Rouge, Lang grew up in Sydney before relocating to New Zealand, where she currently lives. In conversation with Angela Ledgerwood, she talks about her stunning success and latest collection, Sea of Strangers.

Lang Leav (International)

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Poet Lang Leav has won a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and a Churchill Fellowship. She has written five bestselling poetry collections, and the hit novel Sad Girls. Her work has featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Straits Times, The Guardian and The New York Times. She currently resides in New Zealand.

Angela Ledgerwood ()

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Angela Ledgerwood is the host and creator of the Lit Up podcast, a weekly chat show with the world's most provocative writers and thinkers. She currently writes Esquire Magazine's monthly online books coverage and hosts live literary events at Neuehouse in NYC. In 2017 she was a programmer for Fast Company's Innovation Festival in NYC. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in Interview Magazine, Marie Claire USA, Cosmopolitan USA, Elle USA, New York Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler.