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The Alkalinity of Bottled Water

by Makhosazana Xaba

Makhosazana Xaba, with several collections and anthologies to her name, is at the forefront of a poetry that embraces penetrating socio-political insight with highly emotional responses to the love and pain that our country provides in such abundance.


Makhosazana Xaba is the author of two poetry collections: these hands (2005) and Tongues of their Mothers (2008). Her poetry has been anthologized widely, translated into Italian, Mandarin and Turkish and also available from the Cambridge Poetry Archive. She is the editor of Like the untouchable wind: An anthology of poems (2016). Her collection of collection of fiction, Running & other stories (2013), won the SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 2014. Her short story “Running” won the Deon Hofmeyr Prize for Creative Writing in 2005 and was anthologised in 20 Best Short Stories of South Africa’s Democracy, in 2014. She has co-edited three anthologies; Proudly Malawian: Life Stories from lesbian and gender-nonconforming individuals (2016) and Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction (2013) which won the 26th Lambda Literary Award for the fiction anthology category in 2014 and was translated in Spanish in the same year. In 2017, Queer Africa 2: New Fiction was launched. Xaba holds an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from The University of the Witwatersrand.


ISBN 9780994708168
ePub ISBN 9781990922244
Pages 76
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2019
Publisher Botsotso Publishing, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook