NOVIOLET BULAWAYO was born in Tsholotsho a year after Zimbabwe’s independence from British colonial rule. When she was eighteen, she moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan.
In 2011 she won the Caine Prize for African Writing; in 2009 she was shortlisted for the South Africa PEN Studzinsi Award, judged by J.M. Coetzee. Her short story, 'Shamisos' was published in Writing Free (2011)and her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the UK. She earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she was also awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship, and she is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University in California.
Her novel We Need New Names was shortlisted for the Booker Prize (2013), The Guardian First Fiction Award (2013) and the Etisalat Award (2014).