Kirsten Deane is a Creative Writing Masters student at the University of the Western Cape. In her thesis, she explores the relationship between poetry and photography. She majored in English literature in her undergraduate degree and decided to focus on creative writing in her honours year. Kirsten has worked as a creative editor for her university and also tutored undergraduate students in English Literature. Her poems have appeared in New Contrast, The Best New African Poets 2019 and 2020 anthologies, as well as various international literary journals. Kirsten has also published a short story through New Contrast. She was a guest speaker at the 8th International Symposium of Poetic Inquiry in 2022.