Ingrid de Kok 1


De Kok was born in the mining-village of Stilfontein and was educated in South Africa and Canada. She has produced five volumes of poetry, the most recent being Other Signs (Kwela, 2011).

De Kok’s writing is widely anthologized, nationally and internationally, and has been translated into nine languages. She has read at major national and international festivals, from the Netherlands to Ireland, the UK and US; and has been awarded writing residencies by the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Nirox Foundation Cradle of Humankind Artists’ Residency Programme.

She has won the Dalro Poetry Award and was awarded the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Literature for her poetry volume Terrestrial Things (2002). She is also a recipient of the Renzo Sertoli Salis Prize for Italian translator Paola Splendore.

Other poetry volumes include Familiar Ground (Raven Press, 1988), Transfer, (Snailpress, 1997) 
and Seasonal Fires: Selected and New Poems (Seven Stories Press/ Umuzi, 2006) and Mappe del corpo, (Donzelli, 

Between 1998 and 2014 she has co-ordinated and administered study abroad programmes first for Northwestern University, then University of Chicago and then Harvard University. Between 1991 and 2009 she has designed and convened a series of national colloquiums, policy workshops and cultural programmes, including a seminar series titled Democracy and the everyday in 2008. Since 2088 until March this year Ingrid worked in adult education at the University of Cape Town in the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, as Director for some years; then as Professor. She was appointed a Fellow of the University of Cape Town in 2007.