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Ingrid de Kok

Biographical info

Ingrid de Kok grew up in Stilfontein, a gold-mining town, and moved to Johannesburg at the age of twelve.

She spent 1977–1984 in Canada, then returned to Cape Town, where she has lived ever since. Professor at the University of Cape Town, Centre for Open Learning.
De Kok’s writing is widely anthologised and has been translated into nine languages. Her work is taught in South Africa and around the world. She has read at major national and international festivals, and has been awarded writing residencies by the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.

She has won the Dalro Poetry Award, the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Literature and the Renzo Sertoli Salis Prize for Italian translator Paola Splendore.
“In its sustained emotional charge, its intellectual integrity and technical consistency Terrestrial Things is, quite simply, one of the most-achieved single-author poetry collections in English in South Africa.” – Jeremy Cronin, The Sunday Independent

Books still in print

Other Signs, Kwela/Snailpress (2011)
Terrestrial Things, Kwela/Snailpress (2002)


Carapace/SnailPress Poetry Prize (2000)
Dalro Poetry Award (2002)
Herman Charles Bosman Award for English Literature (2003) – Terrestrial Things

List of publications

1988 Familiar Ground, Raven Press
1997 Transfer, Snailpress
2002 Terrestrial Things, Kwela/Snailpress
2006 Seasonal Fires: Selected and New Poems, Seven Stories Press/ Umuzi
2008 Mappe del corpo, Donzelli
2011 Other Signs, Kwela/Snailpress

Photo: Christine Fourie

Books By This Author