Professor Makhosazana Xaba is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. She’s currently working on a biography of Noni Jabavu.  Professor Xaba is an award-winning multi-genre anthologist and short story writer.  Her 2019 anthology Our Words, Our Worlds: Writing on Black South African Women Poets, 2000 – 2018 was hailed as an instant classic and was the co-winner of the 2021 HSS Award in the Non-Fiction Edited Volume category.

Professor Xaba’s debut  collection of fiction, Running and other stories was a co-winner of the 2014 SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story award.  She is the author of three poetry collections and her fourth The Art of Waiting for Tales: Found Poetry from Grace – a novel was published end of October 2022.