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Yvette Christianse's Biography

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Aug 2009

Yvette Christianse is a South-African born poet, novelist, and scholar. She is the author of two books of poetry Castaway (Duke 1999), Imprendehora (Kwela Books/Snail Press 2009) and the novelUnconfessed published in the US by Other Press (2006), in South Africa by Kwela Books (2007) and in Holland by Querido (2007). Her earlier poetry was published in Australia in a shared volume titledFaultlines: Three Poets (Round Table Press 1991). She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was raised in that city, Cape Town, and Mbabane, Swaziland until her family moved to Australia to escape apartheid. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. Castaway was nominated for the PEN International prize in 2001.  Unconfessed was a finalist for the Hemingway/PEN Prize for first fiction and recipient of a 2007 ForeWord Magazine BEA Award. It was also shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2008.


 Yvette Christiansë now lives in New York City where she teaches African American and postcolonial literatures, as well as poetics, at Fordham University. She has also been a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Duke University's John Hope Franklin Center, and Barnard College's Africana Studies Program, and has taught in Princeton University's Center for Creative and Performing Arts. She has also been a National Research Council Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand and a visiting writer at the University of Cape Town.


She is represented by the Markson Toma Agency.


Neruda,Vallejo, Adrienne Rich, family story tellers,

Upcoming Works

Working Title, 'Hunger'--a novel that bridges between South Africa of the 1930s and the contemporary moment.


Geri Toma, Markson Toma Agency

Recommended Links


Other Press (US), Kwela Books (South Africa), Querido (Holland)

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