Zakes Mda was born in the Eastern Cape in 1948. He spent his early childhood in Soweto, and finished his school education in Lesotho, where he joined his father in exile. Mda has studied and worked in South Africa, Lesotho, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and is a prolific writer of plays, novels, poems, and articles for academic journals and newspapers. His creative work includes paintings, and theatre and film productions. Mda is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Ohio University’s Department of English. His memoir, Sometimes there is a Void, was published in 2011. Rachel’s Blue, his new novel, will be published later in 2014.