Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of the novel House of Stone, winner of the 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award for Fiction with a Sense of Place and the 2019 Bulawayo Arts Award for Outstanding Fiction, and listed for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize, the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize, and the 2020 Balcones Fiction Prize. She has been invited to give public lectures on House of Stone at the University of Oxford, the Nordic Africa Institute, and Vassar College, and has given talks to college classes across the USA. Shadows, her novella-and-short-story collection, was published to critical acclaim in South Africa and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. In 2017, she received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency Award for her work, and in 2020, she was awarded a Lannan Foundation Fellowship for distinctive literary merit. Her second novel, I Dream America, will be published in 2023 by W. W. Norton.

A native of Zimbabwe who has lived in South Africa and the USA, Novuyo has taught fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Emerson College. She has taught community fiction workshops globally, including in Bali, Indonesia, and Awka, Nigeria, at Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop.

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