Novuyo Rosa Tshuma has taught fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of the novel House of Stone, winner of the 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award and the 2019 Bulawayo Arts Award for Outstanding Fiction, and listed for the 2019 Orwell Prize, the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize, the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize and the 2020 Balcones Fiction Prize. She has been invited to give public lectures about House of Stone at Oxford University, the Nordic Africa Institute and Vassar College, among others. In 2017, she received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency Award for her work, and in 2020, she was awarded a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. Her collection, Shadows, was published by Kwela in South Africa to critical acclaim and won the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. A native of Zimbabwe who has lived in South Africa and the USA, Tshuma’s writing has been featured in numerous anthologies, most recently McSweeney’s, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, and Ploughshares, guest edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Tshuma also serves as a reviewer and editor, and most recently edited the I Am Nala anthology, which chronicles the stories of trailblazing African women in their 20s and 30s from the Nala Feminist Collective, including Africa’s youngest diplomat and Africa’s youngest Minister.
M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
Ph.D., University of Houston