Henk Rossouw is from Cape Town, South Africa. His book-length poem Xamissa, published by Fordham University Press in 2018, won the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize. An assistant professor, Henk teaches creative writing (poetry) and literature at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The anthology Best American Experimental Writing 2018 (Wesleyan University Press), edited by Myung Mi Kim, features an excerpt. Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani included his chapbook The Water Archives in the boxset New-Generation African Poets: Tano (African Poetry Book Fund/Akashic Books). Further excerpts of Xamissa are available in Tupelo QuarterlyThe Common, and in Blackbird. He also has poems in The Paris Review and Boston Review.

Henk is an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly: Recent editorial work focuses on Emily Hunt and Asiya Wadud. 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 read his review in Gulf Coast of Fred Moten's 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

Before joining the faculty at ULL, Henk was a visiting assistant professor in The Honors College at the University of Houston, where he won a lecturing award. He has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2017, he earned his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, where he served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast literary journal.

Here is Henk's CV.


Email Henk Rossouw: hrossouw at gmail dot com.

Book cover image: Courtesy of William Kentridge and the Marian Goodman Gallery

Purchase Xamissa from Fordham UP, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent bookstore.

Blurbs for Xamissa by Roberto Tejada, Gabeba Baderoon, and Rodrigo Toscano can be read here.

Sep 28, 2018: Houston launch of Xamissa at Brazos Bookstore, 7pm.

Oct 17, 2018: Reading from Xamissa at Penn Book Center, Philadelphia. With Julia Bouwsma and Cynthia Dewi Oka.

Oct 18, 2018: Fordham University Press book launch of Xamissa at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus.

Oct 20, 2018: Reading from Xamissa at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop. With Asiya Wadud and Julia Bouwsma.

Apr 29, 2018: KGB Reading Series, NYC.

Tupelo Quarterly Reading & Party, AWP Tampa, Mar 7, 2017, 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.