Allan Kolski Horwitz

Allan Kolski Horwitz was born in Vryburg in 1952 and grew up in Cape Town where he studied political philosophy and literature. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to South Africa in 1986. Since then he has worked in the trade union and social housing movements as an organizer and educator. He currently lives in Johannesburg and is the coordinator of the Botsotso Jesters, a poetry performance group, and of Botsotso Publishing. His first book of poems Call from the Free State was published in 1979. Substantial selections of his poetry have been included in We Jive Like This and Dirty Washing, featuring the Botsotso Jesters, Essential Things (COSAW) and Throbbing Ink (Timbila,). His short fiction is contained in three collections – Unity in Flight, Un/common Ground and Out of the Wreckage. His individual collection of poetry is entitled Saving Water; Blue Wings is a children’s parable. He has also recently written a play, The Pump Room.