Chris Mann

Chris Mann

Chris Mann is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Rhodes University. Prior to moving to Rhodes, where he founded Wordfest South Africa, he worked for over a decade in rural education and development, primarily as a director of the Valley Trust outside Durban. He is the author of over 8 previous poetry collections and several verse plays. He is the recipient of an English Academy Gold Medal (2019), the Patricia Schonstein Poetry In McGregor Prize (2019), a Standard Bank National Arts Festival Ovation Award for drama (2014), the Thomas Pringle Award for best poem in a journal (2007), the Olive Schreiner Award for South African Poetry (1983) and the Sir Roger Newdigate Prize (1973), which he received while a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University.

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