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Elizabeth Tshele (NoViolet Bulawayo )

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Elizabeth Zandile Tshele, widely recognised under the pen name NoViolet Bulawayo, was born on 12 October 1981 in Tsholotsho. 


Her stories have won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and shortlisted for the J.M. Coetzee – judged 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi Award. 


NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship, and most recently, a lecturer of English. She is now a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.


NoViolet is the author of We Need New Names which was short listed for the Manbooker prize in 2013.

Her other works are : 

" Snapshots" – first appeared in New Writing from Africa (2009) and republished in Where to Now. 

"Poems" – first appeared in State of the Nation 

"Flag"- appeared in The Warwick Review Vol. 3 No. 4, 2009 

"Siphepheli" – appeared in Thaph'Uluju 

"Shamisos" – appeared in Writing Free 

"Hitting Budapest" in To See The Mountain 

"Main Street" in African Roar 


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