She is of Te Hikutu ki Hokianga Ngapuhi Nui, Scottish, Cornish, English and Portuguese descent. Her poetry has been published in a number of international journals and anthologies, including Albert Wendt, Robert Sullivan and Reina Whaitiri (eds.), Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English (Auckland University Press, 2003). Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer in English, teaching creative writing, critical theory and literature at London Metropolitan University.
In 2018, her book Rāwāhi was published in Ukrainian translation by Krok publishing house translated by Hanna Yanovska. During the Festival one could hear Wood’s poetry performed by the author herself.