Fred Khumalo completed his MA in creative writing at Wits University with distinction and is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University. He also holds fellowships from the Academy for the Arts of the World in Cologne, Germany, the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study and the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study. Khumalo is the author of Bitches Brew, which won the 2006 European Union Literary Award, and Seven Steps to Heaven, which is a prescribed text at Unisa. His autobiography, Touch My Blood, was adapted for the stage by James Ngcobo and opened to full houses at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. His writing has appeared in various publications, including the Sunday Times, the Toronto Star, New African magazine, the Sowetan and Isolezwe. His short story collection, Talk of the Town was published in 2019 and his latest novel, Longest March, is due later this year.