Makhosazana (Khosi) Xaba was born in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, to Glenrose Nomvula Mbatha and Rueben Bejanmin Xaba, the second of five children. She has an MA degree in creative writing from Wits University and is working on a biography of Noni Jabavu.
Xaba won the Deon Hofmeyr Award for Creative Writing (2005) for her unpublished short story "Running". Her poems have appeared in publications including Timbila, Sister Namibia, Botsotso, South African Writing, Green Dragon and Echoes, and have been collected in These Hands (2005) and Tongues of Their Mothers (2008). A book of her short stories, Running and Other Stories, was published in 2013, and won the 2014 Nadine Gordimer South African Literary Awards Short Story Award. She is also a contributor to the 2019 anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby.
- These Hands: Poems. Timbila Poetry Project, Elim Hospital, Limpopo Province, 2005. Poetry. ISBN 978-0958464086.
- Tongues of Their Mothers. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2008. Poetry. ISBN 978-1869141448.
- Running and Other Stories. Cape Town: Modjaji Books, 2013. Fiction. ISBN 978-1920590161.
- Like the Untouchable Wind: An Anthology of Poems (editor). Harare. 2016. Poetry anthology.
- The Alkalinity of Bottled Water. Botsotso, 2019. Poetry.
- "A Brief Biography of Makhosazana Xaba", Art for Humanity, 31 August 2011.
- Molema, Leloba, "Review", Feminist Africa 5, pp. 153–157, African Gender Institute.
- "L'AFRIQUE ECRITE AU FEMININ". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
- Running and Other Stories at African Books Collective.
- Michele Magwood, "'New Daughters of Africa' Is a Powerful Collection of Writing by Women from the Continent", Wanted, 5 July 2019.
- Mzamisa, Palesa (2008). "New voices", Wordsetc, Third Quarter, pp. 31–36.
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