Photo Credit: Jeff Weiner

Photo Credit: Jeff Weiner

 

Born in Soweto, South Africa, Magogodi oaMphela Makhene came of age during the turbulent years marking the fall of apartheid. She was raised in Johannesburg, eventually making her way to New York, which she now also calls home.

Magogodi is currently completing a collection of inter-woven short stories exploring the inner lives and loves of ordinary South Africans making a life in a time and place most often inhospitable to their journeys.

In addition to fiction, Magogodi writes non-fiction and speaks widely. She holds graduate degrees from NYU, where she was a Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and taught Creative Writing. Her work was awarded First Prize for the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. In 2016, she won the David Relin Prize for Fiction.

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