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Henk Rossouw

Associate Professor of Creative Writing
Director of Creative Writing

MFA, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011
PhD, University of Houston, 2017

Office: Griffin 333
Phone: 337-482-6913

Pronouns: he/him

Teaching and Research Areas

Creative writing, modern and contemporary poetry, postcolonial studies, archives

Recent Courses Taught

ENGL 326: Creative Writing II: Poetry
ENGL 409: Form and Theory of Poetry
ENGL 580: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry


Henk Rossouw's book-length poem Xamissa, published by Fordham University Press in 2018, won the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize. Best American Experimental Writing 2018, out from Wesleyan University Press, featured an excerpt. The African Poetry Book Fund and Akashic Books included his chapbook The Water Archives in the 2018 boxed set New-Generation African Poets. Poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Boston Review, among other publications. Originally from Cape Town, Henk earned an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD from the University of Houston, where he served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast. Currently, he is an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

Selected Publications


Xamissa. Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize, Fordham University Press, 2018.

Articles and Book Chapters:

“From Xamissa: Roggebaai.jpeg.” Blackbird, Virginia Commonwealth University, vol. 17, no. 1.,
“From Xamissa: helena | Lena | ᨙᨒᨊ.” Tupelo Quarterly, no. 11, 15 Feb. 2017,
“From Xamissa: Rearrival, Parts 1-3.” The Common, Amherst College, 11 Jul. 2016,
“Sonnet for My Son.” Boston Review, vol. 39, no. 1, 2014, p. 74,
“The Dream of The Road.” Paris Review, no. 205, 2013, pp. 237-238,

Reviews of his work

Kempf, Christopher. “Review of Xamissa, by Henk Rossouw.” Colorado Review, 30 Apr. 2019,

Colditz, Keenan. “Book Review: Xamissa, by Henk Rossouw.” Poetry International, 8 Dec. 2018,

Darling, Kristina Marie. “‘Spare This Body, Set Fire to Another’: Speech and Silence in Work by Kaveh Akbar, Brenna Womer, and Henk Rossouw.” Kenyon Review, 7 Nov. 2018

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