“Simon van Schalkwyk’s poetry pulls the world into uncommon focus. He is a poet of place and occasion, using telling precision of words, and the upending image. Not only is this a startling debut of maturity and accomplishment, but among its poems are those which, from the outset, will enter the literature.”
– P. R. Anderson
Simon van Schalkwyk is a lecturer in the Department of English Studies at Wits University and is the academic editor for The Johannesburg Review of Books. He is a recipient of The Philip Stein Award for Poetry and also of the Mamphela Ramphele scholarship. He has BA Hons and PhD degrees in English literature from the University of Cape Town and went on to obtain a Masters of Art in Modern and Contemporary Poetry from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He has been an active presence in South Africa’s literary scene – contributing occasional essays, critical reviews of novels and poetry to Aerodrome, The Conversation and The Johannesburg Review of Books, and conducting interviews for The Johannesburg Review of Books with writers and scholars. His poetry has appeared in New Contrast: The South African Literary Journal, The Johannesburg Review of Books and Imago. Transcontinental Delay is his debut poetry collection.