Daniel Kunene was born in South Africa where he earned a B.A. degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He taught at UCT from 1954 to 1963 when he left South Africa and lectured briefly at the University of London, England, before coming to the United States. He taught at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1964 till 1970 when he accepted a position as Professor of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He retired in 2003. His publications include the internationally acclaimed analysis of Sesotho praise poetry entitled "Heroic Poetry of the Basotho." He has published several books of poems, including Pirates Have Become Our Kings (East African Publishing House} and A Seed Must Seem To Die. Kunene's latest book of poems, The Rock at the Corner of My Heart, was published in 2009 by Brown Turtle Press in Makanda, Illinois. His poetry has also been published in many magazines and anthologies. He participated, by invitation, at several international poetry festivals, including one in Medellin, Colombia, South America, in July 2009, and another in Granada, Nicaragua, in February 2010. Kunene's poem, "Soweto," was based on the story of a twelve-year old school girl shot by the police in South Africa and was put to music for choir and orchestra by the Dutch composer Bernard van Beurden.
"Sorby’s disposition as a poet is to keep the truth in the picture—the rude, uncoordinated, self-destructive truth—and the skids and barrel rolls of perspective she performs with her idiomatic lyricism always keep the poem alive.”—Tony Hoagland, author of What Narcissism Means to Me
Lord Byron, he of "Mad, bad, and dangerous to know" fame, will rise on the 30th from the underworld of earthy delight/debauchery and breathe new life into the cantos of Don Juan before our very eyes. Bring your rosary if you need the assurance or a kerchief if you want to mop your greedy brow, but do not, whatever you do, bring the children.