Rustum Kozain was born, raised and schooled in Paarl, Western Cape and studied English Literature at the University of Cape Town. After ten months on a Fulbright Scholarship in the USA (1994-1995), he returned to UCT where he eventually lectured and taught in the Department of English until 2004.
His debut collection of poetry, This Carting Life, was published in 2005 (Kwela/Snailpress) and collects poetry written over a span of ten years. It was awarded the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 2006 and the Olive Schreiner Prize in 2007. Other prizes include the Thomas Pringle Award (2002) and the Philip Stein Award (1997) for poems published in journals, and a runner-up in the Mondi Award for food journalism (1997).
He has recently compiled and edited an anthology of short stories, South African Short Stories Since 1994, and an anthology of poetry, Voices from all over, both for use in high schools and published by Oxford University Press Southern Africa, 2006.
He now lives in
This Carting Life, Kwela/Snailpress, 2005
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Rustum Kozain’s Essay, ‘Moedertang’, on the use of dialect and colloquialism in South African English