Psalm for Chrysanthemums

Poems by Nkateko Masinga

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AuthorNkateko Masinga
PublisherAkashic Books
Year Of Publication2022

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About Psalm for Chrysanthemums

“The struggle at the heart of the collection is one of the reasons these poems are so piercing and why they remain vital and memorable long after reading them. Psalm for Chrysanthemums, whose title prepares us for a song in praise of death, offers a vision that is both beautifully achieved and deeply disquieting.”

— Shara McCallum, from the preface

Nkateko Masinga is an award-winning South African writer and scholar. She is a 2019 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow, and a Golden Key Scholar. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018 and her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the Swiss Arts Council, the Goethe-Institut South Africa in partnership with Hear My Voice, the Centre for Creative Arts, and others. In 2019, she co-won the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award. Nkateko is the director of the Internship Program at Africa In Dialogue, as well as the founder and managing director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa's 2021 International Writing Program (IWP) and served as the guest editor of the ‘Please See Me’ Summer Supplement, comprised of work by fellow IWP alumni. In 2022 she was selected by News24 as one of South Africa's 30 Young Mandelas of the Future. Nkateko's poetry has been translated into French, Bengali and Tamil. Her latest body of work, titled “Daughter Wound”, is forthcoming with UK publisher Hazel Press in April 2024.