Gabeba Baderoon

Gabeba Baderoon is a South African poet. She is the author of three collections of poetry - The Dream in the Next Body (Kwela/Snailpress, 2005), The Museum of Ordinary Life (DaimlerChrysler, 2005) and A hundred silences (Kwela/Snailpress, 2006). Her poetry is included in the anthologies Worldscapes, Ten Hallam Poets, Voices from All Over and Birds in Words, and in journals in South Africa, the United States and Europe, including World Literature Today, St Petersburg Review, Fidelities, New Contrast, Carapace, Chimurenga, New Coin, Karavan, Matter, Illuminations, Sable, Sentinel, Post Scriptum and Meridians. Gabeba is the recipient of the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Poetry 2005 and held the Guest Writer Fellowship at the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden in 2005. For 2008, she is the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Italy and a Writers Residency at the University of the Witwatersrand, funded by Trust Africa. Her debut collection, The Dream in the Next Body (Kwela/Snailpress, 2005), was named a Notable Book of 2005 by the Sunday Independent. A hundred silences was selected for Homebru 2006 by Exclusive Books in South Africa and was short-listed for the 2007 University of Johannesburg Prize and the 2007 Olive Schreiner Prize. Both The Dream in the Next Body and A hundred silences were Sunday Times Recommended Books. The story 'High Traffic', from her collection The Museum of Ordinary Life, appears in Cape Town Calling, an anthology of travel writing edited by Justin Fox (Tafelberg, 2007), and "The History of Intimacy" appears in Art South Africa (6.2, Dec. 2007).


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