Gabeba Baderoon was born in Port Elizabeth on 21 February 1969. She matriculated at Livingstone High School in Cape Town. She studied English literature at the University of Cape Town.
She obtained her doctorate in English, about the image of Islam in South Africa, at the same university in 2004. She has lectured in South Africa, Europe and America and is a research associate at UCT’s Africa Gender Institute, the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Växjö in Sweden. In 2005 she was an associate guest writer at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden.
She is currently associate professor in Women’s Studies and Africa and Afro-American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gabeba has published three books of poetry: The Dream in the Next Body (2005), The Museum of Ordinary Life (2005) and A Hundred Silences (2006). She received the DaimlerChrysler Prize for South African poetry in 2004. Her poetry has been published in South African, European and American journals such as Fidelities, New Contrast, Carapace, Chimurenga, New Coin, Karavan, Matter, Illuminations, Sable, Sentinel and Meridians.
Did you know?
- A Hundred Silences was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg and Olive Schreiner Prize in 2007.
A Hundred Silences, Kwela Books (2006)
The Dream in the Next Body , Kwela Books (2005)
DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Poetry (2004)
List of titles
2005 The Dream in the Next Body, Kwela Books
2005 The Museum of Ordinary Life, DaimlerChrysler
2006 A Hundred Silences, Kwela Books
The Silence Before Speaking – a volume of her poetry
- Swedish (Tystnaden innan vi talar, 2008)
“Do yourself a huge favour and read the poetry of South African-born Gabeba Baderoon. It is thought-provoking, awe-inspiring and mind-blowing.” – Qurasha Rajkumar on The Dream in the Next Body, The Witness (2008)
“Reading Gabeba Baderoon ... you feel surrounded by the multi-dimensionality of the world, touched by all its infinite possibilities”. – Jacqui L'Ange oor A Hundred Silences, Cape Times (2006)
“I am totally awed by Baderoon’s power of observation.” – Wumi Raji oor A Hundred Silences, Daily Independent, Nigeria (2006)
“Buy a copy of The Dream in the Next Body and celebrate one of South Africa's most exciting voices. It's a collection that will make you think, weep and laugh. It does what good poetry should do in every sense.” – Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times (2005)