Originally from Liverpool, Harry Owen moved to South Africa’s Eastern Cape from UK in 2008, where he had been appointed the inaugural Poet Laureate for Cheshire in 2003.
Outspoken in his commitment to the natural world and a passionate advocate of poetry, he is the author of eight collections, including The Cull: new and resurrected poems(Poets Printery, East London, 2017) and All Weathers (Ink Sword Press, Grahamstown, 2019), a collection of dog and cat poems in support of the local SPCA.
In addition, he has edited three anthologies – I Write Who I Am: an anthology of Upstart poetry (2011); For Rhino in a Shrinking World: an international anthology (2013); and Coming Home: poems of the Grahamstown diaspora (2019), all with Poets Printery.
Harry hosts the popular monthly open floor event called Reddits Poetry in Grahamstown, where he lives and writes.
josé emilio pacheco
Three Poems About Houses
José Emilio Pacheco (1939-2026) was the leading Mexican poet of the second half of the twentieth century. Also a distinguished translator, essayist, novelist and short-story writer, he received all of the major literary prizes given in the Spanish-speaking world, including the Premio Cervantes (2009), Premio Reina Sofía (2009), Premio Federico García Lorca (2005), Premio Octavio Paz (2003), Premio Pablo Neruda (2004), Premio Ramón López Velarde (2003), Premio Alfonso Reyes (2004), Premio Nacional de Literatura José Fuentes Mares (2000), National José Asunción Silva Poetry Award (1996), and Premio Xavier Villaurrutia. Collections of his work in English translation include: Selected Poems, trans. George McWhirter (New Directions, 1987), Battles in the Desert and Other Stories, trans. Katherine Silver (New Directions, 1987), and City of Memory and Other Poems, trans. Cynthia Steele and David Lauer (City Lights, 2001). His collected poems are available in Spanish as Tarde o temprano (Poemas 1958-2009) (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2009). Pacheco’s poetry is characterized by its precision, understatement, erudition, and preoccupation with humanity’s destructive tendencies toward both the natural world and itself.