Jacques Coetzee is a poet, musician and freelance translator. Since 2007 he has been the singer and one of the main songwriters in the band Red Earth & Rust, which released its fifth album of original material in 2022. In January 2018 he and Barbara Fairhead launched their joint anthology of poems, The Love Sheet, which was published by Hands On Books, an imprint of Modjaji. His debut solo collection, An Illuminated Darkness (uHlanga Press, 2020) was the winner of the Ingrid Jonker Prize and the Olive Schreiner Award for 2022. His poem, “Doepa vir Allenigheid”, was the winner of the 2021 AVBOB Poetry Prize in the Afrikaans category.