Chase Rhys at Columbia University, New York City

Chase Rhys’ first day as professor at Columbia University, New York began on March 20, 2024.

Professor Chase Rhys

On social media, Chase wrote: “First day as a professor at Columbia University is officially innie boekie! Feeling incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share my work with such bright minds. The energy on campus was electric. A huge thank you the Jakes Gerwel Foundation for making this possible. Your support means the world.”

Chase is the first recipient of the Jakes Gerwel Foundation and Columbia University’s 6-week NYC International Fellowship. Heading into week 3 and Chase is already receiving rave reviews from students in their Masterclass: Narrative Resistance Writing Authentic Stories of Resilience and Identity in Diverse Communities.

Chase Rhys stepping out in Manhattan.

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Chase Rhys (1989) is a Cape Town novelist, columnist, playwright and screenwriter. Their debut book Kinnes won the K. Sello Duiker Prize and the kykNET-Rapport Prize in the film category in 2019. Chase’s second book Misfit – stories vannie anne kant, is a compilation of new and reworked stories from his Suikewate column in Rapport.

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