From Cape Town, South Africa, Henk's book-length poem Xamissa won the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize and will come out from Fordham University Press in 2018. The anthology Best American Experimental Writing 2018 (Wesleyan University Press), edited by Myung Mi Kim, will feature an excerpt. His chapbook From Xamissa: The Water Archives will be included in the boxset, edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, New-Generation African Poets: Tano (African Poetry Book Fund/Akashic Books). Xamissa was also a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry, judged by Susan Howe, the Sawtooth Poetry Prize at Ahsahta Press, and the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets at the University of Nebraska Press. Further excerpts of Xamissa are available in Tupelo Quarterly, The Common, and forthcoming in Blackbird. He also has poems in The Paris Review and Boston Review.
Since 2017, he's taught as a visiting assistant professor in The Honors College at the University of Houston. Henk is also an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly. A poetry critic, he wrote for Boston Review the essays "Border Lyrics," on new translations by Erín Moure of Wilson Bueno and Sophie Seita of Uljana Wolf, and "On the Poetry of Institutional Violence" about the BLUNT RESEARCH GROUP's book The Work-Shy. You can also read his review in Gulf Coast of Fred Moten's stunning new book, The Service Porch.
He was one of the winners of the 2009 Poetry Society of America / Bright Lights Big Verse contest, which included a reading on Times Square. It's on Youtube.
Older poems are in The Massachusetts Review and Transom. Fiction can be found in Tin House, non-fiction in The Threepenny Review, and an interview with the late Nadine Gordimer in The Virginia Quarterly Review.
He earned his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, in 2017, where he served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast literary journal. He has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
If you need it, here is Henk's CV.
Email Henk Rossouw: hrossouw at gmail dot com.
Coming up: Tupelo Quarterly Reading & Party, AWP Tampa, Mar 7, with Shane McCrae and Mary Jo Bang.
With Selena Anderson and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma in the Cane River Reading Series, in northwest Louisiana, Feb 2017. Read with Kool B in the Jazz and the Word Series at the Jazz Church of Houston, a temporary space that chronicles Houston's jazz history, created by artist Tierney Malone at Project Rowhouses, Dec 2016. Read with the fabulous poet Lisa Olstein in Houston, for the Gulf Coast Reading Series, Oct 2016.
Readings: Writings on Mars, at the CAMH (Contemporary Art Museum Houston), Apr 2016. See the video; I give a short talk/reading at 20:00 on Craig Raine, the Martian School, Marxist criticism, and my poem from The Boston Review, "Sonnet for my Son".
Gulf Coast Reading Series: Translation/Transnation, Jan 2016, with visiting poet Kim Kyung Ju, translator Jake Levine, and Luisa Muradyan at the Asia Society - Texas. Read excerpts from Kim Kyung Ju's book I Am A Season That Does Not Exist (Black Ocean 2015) in The Boston Review, Asymptote, and Guernica.
Poison Pen Reading Series with Martha Serpas. Podcast through the Scottish Poetry Library. Photos from Distant Voices, virtual poetry reading for StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival. Talk in the garden of the Emily Dickinson Museum on the poet's bird imagery, and a one-day seminar undergrad on Emily Dickinson as part of the NEA/Big Read. Reading in NYC at Sunday Salon.