Helen Moffett (Official Sponsor of Short Story Day Africa 2012) is a freelance academic, writer and editor. She received her PhD (on Christina Rossetti) from the English Department at the University of Cape Town, where she taught for eight years, and was an Honorary Research Fellow at UCT’s African Gender Institute for five years. She has held fellowships at Princeton University, Mount Holyoke College and Emory University, and her lecturing career has taken her from Trinidad to Alaska.
Her numerous academic writings cover sexual violence in the post-apartheid context, gender dynamics and refugees, nineteenth-century women’s writing, and post-colonial perspectives on cricket; she is the co-author, with Tim Noakes, of Bob Woolmer’s Art and Science of Cricket, and writes about cricket because it reminds her why she likes men (and because she loves the game with a passion).
She has also authored two university textbooks on poetry, an anthology of South African landscape writing (Lovely Beyond Any Singing) and several short stories. Most recently, her debut collection of poems, Strange Fruit, is published by Modjaji Books. Helen blogs on Books Live.