An interview with Joan Metelerkamp

Born in Pretoria in 1956, Joan Metelerkamp grew up in KwaZulu-Natal.  She has published six poetry collections:  Towing the Line (Carrefour, 1992), which was awarded the 1991 Sanlam Prize for Literature; Stone No More (Gecko Poetry, 1995); Into the day breaking (Gecko Poetry, 2000); Floating Islands (Mokoro, 2001); Requiem (Deep South, 2003) and, most recently, carrying the fire, published by substancebooks in 2005.

Joan has had individual poems published in major South African poetry anthologies and in various international volumes.  She has taken part in festivals and poetry readings locally and overseas, including Poetry Africa in 2005.  She has been awarded poetry prizes and judged others, has edited the literary journal New Coin for four years, and has written poetry reviews in academic journals and newspapers.

Previously, she worked as an actress and university teacher.  She is a wife, mother, sister and daughter, living on her father’s farm in the Goukamma Valley near Knysna in the Southern Cape.

Read the interview here.

2 thoughts on “An interview with Joan Metelerkamp

  1. jo

    “The blood jet is poetry,/ There is no stopping it.”

    I used that in my undergrad thesis. Wonderful interview, she’s a fascinating woman and another one I shall definitely have to look up. I like how you get to the heart of things, you’re a great interviewer.

  2. Michelle Post author

    I would love to hear more about your undergrad thesis, Jo.

    Joan is one of my favourite South African poets – and this interview was one of my most interesting and enjoyable.

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