Zakes Mda

South Africa
Photo credit: 
Jim Shirey

Zakes Mda is the author of eight acclaimed novels, including Cion, The Whale Caller, The Madonna of Excelsior, She Plays with the Darkness, The Heart of Redness and Ways of Dying. He is a professor of creative writing at Ohio University and has taught at both Yale and the University of Vermont. The Heart of Redness won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Mda lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Athens, Ohio. His new book, Sometimes There Is a Void, is a memoir.

Zakes Mda’s appearance is made possible by the Creative Writing Program at UBC.