Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
EducationUniversity of Witwatersrand

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is an award winning Zimbabwean author.


She grew up in Zimbabwe, and has lived in South Africa and the USA.[1]


She graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa with a BComm in Economics and Finance. Tshuma is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2015), where she was awarded the Maytag and Teaching-Writing Fellowships, as well as a Rydson Award.


She served as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Iowa in 2015-2016, Tshuma was a 2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency Award from the Rockefeller Foundation for her novel House of Stone which was published by Atlantic Books in June 2018 and by W. W. Norton in USA in January 2019. Novuyo's work has been featured in numerous journals and anthologies, including McSweeney’s and The Displaced, edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Her debut collection, Shadows was published to critical acclaim in 2013 by the South African publisher Kwela. Novuyo serves on the editorial advisory board and is a fiction editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based in San Fransisco.


Tshuma is the recipient of the 2009 Yvonne Vera Award, Zimbabwe's short fiction prize. Her debut collection, Shadows which is set in both Zimbabwe and South Africa, received rave reviews and was awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize for the best literary work in English.

Tshuma’s House of Stone was longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas prize.[2]

  1. About Novuyo,, retrieved: May 5, 2019, published: No Date Given
  2. Novuyo Rosa Tshuma: ‘My comfort read? The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath’, Guardian, retrieved: May 7, 2019, retrieved: May 7, 2019