Cane River Reading Series continues Feb. 23

The Cane River Reading Series will host a reading of poetry and prose at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 23, on the campus of Northwestern State University. The event will be in the Natchitoches Room in Russell Hall featuring Selena Anderson, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, and Henk Rossouw.

Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Houston and finished her MFA at Columbia University, where she won the Transatlantic/Henfield Prize. She has held fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and Kimbilio. Her stories have appeared in Georgia Review, AGNI, The Best of Gigantic, Kenyon Review and Glimmer Train. She is working on a collection and a novel.

Tshuma is from Zimbabwe and has lived in South Africa and the U.S. Her collection, “Shadows,” was published to critical acclaim in 2013 by Kwela in South Africa and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2015) and is pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston. Her novel, “The House of Stone,” is forthcoming with W.W. Norton (U.S.) and Atlantic Books (U.K.).

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Rossouw has poems in The Paris Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Common and The Boston Review. Blackbird and Tupelo Quarterly will publish excerpts from his book-length poem “Camissa.” In 2009, he gave a reading in Times Square as one of the winners of the Poetry Society of America’s Bright Lights Big Verse contest. He’s also published nonfiction in The Threepenny Review and The Chronicle Review, an interview with Nadine Gordimer in The Virginia Quarterly Review and short fiction in Tin House. With an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Henk is about to complete a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, where he serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.

The Cane River Reading Series is sponsored by NSU and the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies. Professor Andy Briseño is event coordinator. For more information, contact Briseño at