Makhosazana Xaba

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Makhosazana Xaba (born 10 July 1957) is a South African poet. She trained as a nurse and has worked a women's health specialist in NGOs, as well as writing on gender and health.


Makhosazana (Khosi) Xaba was born in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, to Glenrose Nomvula Mbatha and Rueben Bejanmin Xaba, the second of five children.[1] 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Xaba won the Deon Hofmeyr Award for Creative Writing (2005) for her unpublished short story "Running".[1] Her poems have appeared in publications including Timbila, Sister Namibia, Botsotso, South African Writing, Green Dragon and Echoes,[1] and have been collected in These Hands (2005)[2] and Tongues of Their Mothers (2008). A book of her short stories, Running and Other Stories, was published in 2013,[3] and won the 2014 Nadine Gordimer South African Literary Awards Short Story Award.[4] She is also a contributor to the 2019 anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby.[5]


  • 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.


  1. ^ a b c "A Brief Biography of Makhosazana Xaba", Art for Humanity, 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ Molema, Leloba, "Review", Feminist Africa 5, pp. 153–157, African Gender Institute.
  3. ^ "L'AFRIQUE ECRITE AU FEMININ". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. ^ Running and Other Stories at African Books Collective.
  5. ^ 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.