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Biography of Gabeba BADEROON

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Born on 21/02/1969 (format : day/month/year)

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Gabeba Baderoon (b. February 21, 1969) is a South African internationally published poet Her work has appeared in New Contrast, Carapace, Illuminations, Feminist Studies and Matter.

Baderoon won the Daimler-Chrysler 2004 Poetry Prize for South African poetry. When she is not conducting lectures at Pennsylvania State University in the United States, she prefers shopping for books or soaking up the scenery in Cape Town.

Baderoon was born in Port Elizabeth, a coastal city in South Africa, but was raised in Cape Town. Her romance with words has ensured prestigious academic fellowships in Belgium, England, Germany, Sweden, and the United States. But her doctorate in English from the University of Cape Town was a bit closer to home, as she dissected images of Islam in South African colonial period media, literature, and art.

Baderoon studied with the distinguished American poet Robin Becker and the Forward Prize winning British poet and playwright Sean O’Brien. Her poem ‘After Revolutions’ won the Philadelphia City Paper Writing Contest in 1999. ‘The Art of Leaving’ was selected for ‘The Best of MA Writing 2002-2003’ at Sheffield Hallam University where she holds the John Sainsbury/Linbury Trust Fellowship.

As a poet, Baderoon gained awards for her pieces and has published three poetry anthologies, The Dream in the Next Body, The Museum of Ordinary Life, and A Hundred Silences.

As a media scholar, Gabeba has written on representations of Islam, on ‘race’ and on art, and has been invited to present lectures in South Africa, Europe and the United States. She has held fellowships at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town, Pennsylvania State University, and was a member of the Inaugural Oxford Muntada, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in 2003.In 2008, she was a Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy and the inaugural Wits Humanities Writer in Residence at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

She currently lives between South Africa and Pennsylvania.


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