Kozain, Rustum

About Rustum Kozain

Official Homepage

Biography (Poetry International Archives)

Biography (Badilisha Poetry X-Change)



Twidle, Hedley. "An Interview with Rustum Kozain." Wasafiri, vol. 31, no. 2, 2016

Poéfrica. “An Interview with Rustum Kozain.” Pambazuka News, 9 Jul. 2009



Poetry Collections

Ed. Poems from All Over (2015)

Groundwork (2012)

As Editor: Voice from All Over (2006)

This Carting Life (2005)


Short Story Collections

As Editor: South African Short Stories Since 1994 (2006)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“‘Poetry where the Heavy and the Light Are Held in Tension’—Rustum Kozain Reviews Fiona Zerbst’s New Collection, In Praise of Hotel Rooms.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 27 Aug. 2020

“‘I Am Quite Normal. I Just Wonder what JM Coetzee Would Taste Like, Slow-Roasted, with Tarragon.’—Read ‘The Man Who Would Be Eaten’ by Rustum Kozain.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 5 Mar. 2020

“Illuminating a Mighty Poet and a Total Artist - Rustum Kozain Reviews Dread Poetry and Freedom:  Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 4 Mar. 2020

“‘Poetry is Music, Nothing More’ - PR Anderson Talks to Rustum Kozain about His New Collection, In a Free State: A Music.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 14 Jan. 2019

A Steady Vigil over the Slow Death of the Anti-Apartheid Dream: Rustum Kozain Reviews Kelwyn Sole’s Latest Poetry Collection, Walking, Falling.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 3 Jul. 2017

Rough Music - Selected Poems, 1989-2013.” New Coin Poetry, vol. 50, no. 1, 2014

“The Myth of the Impartial Reader Blows Up in SA as Loud as Anywhere Else.” Daily Maverick, 21 Feb. 2012

“Review: The Uprising of Hangberg.” The Africa Report, 23 Nov. 2010

“The Muezzin and I.” Pretexts, vol. 11, no. 2, 2002

“Book Review: Testing the Edge.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 24, no. 4, 1998

“Shakespeare's Silences in Search of the People: South African Literary Criticism and the Poetry of Mzwakhe Mbuli 1.” Wasafiri, vol. 9, no. 19, 1994


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Rustum Kozain Reading Poetry, YouTube, 6 Sep. 2017