Panashe Chigumadzi was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa. Her debut novel Sweet Medicine (2015) won the 2016 K. Sello Duiker Literary Award. She is the founding editor of Vanguard Magazine, a platform for young black women coming of age in post-apartheid South Africa. A contributing editor to the Johannesburg Review of Books, her work has featured in titles such as The New York Times (USA), The Washington Post (USA), Transition (USA), The Guardian (UK), City Press (SA), The Sunday Times (SA) and Die Ziet (Germany).
Prior to this, she was as a journalist for CNBC Africa and columnist for Forbes Woman Africa, and as a project executive to the Managing Director of the Africa Business News Group. In 2015, she became a Ruth First Fellow. Having completed her Masters Degree in African Literature at the University of Witwatersand, she was the curator of Soweto’s inaugural Abantu Book Festival, the first of its kind and magnitude for black readers and writers in South Africa’s largest township, which took place in December 2016. In 2017 she was a resident of Iowa University’s International Writer’s Program.
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