Makhosazana Xaba

Makhosazana Xaba is a Writing Fellow at the Wits School of Public Health working on a book on the history of nursing in South Africa. She has published two books of poetry: these hands (Timbila, 2005) and Tongues of their Mothers (UKZN Press, 2008). Her poetry has been translated into Mandarin and Italian and published in anthologies in China and Italy.   Running and other stories (Modjaji Books, 2013) is her first collection of short stories. Her long term project is a biography of a South African woman writer Helen Nontando (Noni) Jabavu. In 2005 Makhosazana won the Deon Hofmeyr Award for Creative Writing for her then unpublished short story, Running.  She holds an MA in Writing (with distinction) from Wits University. Together with Karen Martin, she has co-edited Queer Africa (2013) and, most recently, Queer Africa 2 (2017.)