Gabeba Baderoon

United States


Gabeba Baderoon is a South African poet. She is the author of three collections of poetry, The Dream in the Next Body (2005), The Museum of Ordinary Life (2005) and A hundred Silences (2006), and her poems have appeared in journals in South Africa, Europe and the US. The Silence Before Speaking, a selected volume in Swedish, is forthcoming from Tranan. Her fiction appears in Twist (2006), Cape Town Calling (2007), Chimurenga and Art South Africa. 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, the second person after Ama Ata Aidoo to receive this honour. She is the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship for 2008. Her debut collection, The Dream in the Next Body, was named a Notable Book of 2005 by the Sunday Independent and A hundred Silences was short-listed for the 2007 University of Johannesburg Prize. Baderoon has been a featured poet at festivals such as Poetry International (Rotterdam and London), the Stockholm Poetry Festival, Berlin Poetry 2005, Winternachten and Calabash, and has read in the Achebe Fellowship Series at Bard and the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series. She is also a scholar of African literature and teaches at Penn State.

Translation Bibliography

The Dream in the Next Body, Kwela/Snailpress, Cape Town, 2005. The Museum of Ordinary Life, Daimler, Chrysler, Stuttgart, 2005. A hundred silences, Kwela/Snailpress, Cape Town, 2006. Approach: Berni Searle, Michael Stevenson, 2007, title essay. The Silence before Speaking, selected poems translated into Swedish, Tranan, Stockholm, forthcoming 2008. For academic articles, see www.gabeba.com.

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