Mishka Hoosen is a writer, teacher and creative director currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in the US and received a Masters in Creative Writing from Rhodes University in South Africa. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies by Short Sharp Stories and Short Story Day Africa, and her poetry has been published in numerous magazines in South Africa and abroad. Her debut novel, Call It a Difficult Night, was published by Deep South Books in 2015. Her writing has taken her to Ireland to perform poetry and to France for research on a book on the cultural history of perfume in the Anthropocene. She currently runs her own creative studio, lectures part-time and works as the perfume columnist for The Attic on Eighth. She has previously worked as a blogger, NGO project manager, teacher, and apprentice perfumer. Her work deals with themes of scent, madness, desire and the body.