Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of the novel House of Stone, winner of the 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award for Fiction with a Sense of Place and the 2019 Bulawayo Arts Award for Outstanding Fiction, and listed for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize, the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize and the 2020 Balcones Fiction Prize. House of Stone was described by The Guardian as a narration not only of "Zimbabwean history, but also all of African colonial history," and by The New York Times as a "radical retelling of the past" that "is a sublime performance of narrative possibilities." Novuyo has been invited to give public lectures about House of Stone at the University of Oxford, Vassar College and the Nordic Africa Institute. In 2017, she received the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Center Literary Arts Residency Award for her work, and in 2020, she was awarded the distinguished Lannan Foundation Fellowship, which is awarded to writers of distinctive literary merit who demonstrate capacity for future outstanding work.
Novuyo is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Emerson College in Boston, USA, where she serves on the Writing, Literature and Publishing Faculty. She was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of Fiction at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she taught graduate fiction. She has taught community fiction workshops globally, including in Houston USA, Bali IndonesIa, and Awka Nigeria at Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop. She convenes the Kwantuthu Writers’ Workshop in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, which is set to be an annual series of week long workshops, community engagements, plays and literature events.
Shadows, her short story collection, was published to critical acclaim by Kwela in South Africa (2013) and awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. The recipient of the 2009 Yvonne Vera Award, Zimbabwe's short fiction prize, Novuyo’s writing has been featured in numerous anthologies, most recently McSweeney’s, Ploughshares and The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives edited by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.
She is a co-founder and former Deputy Editor of the pan-African arts platform Jalada, and led Jalada’s editorial team on its first print anthology, the Jalada05/Transition 123 Fear Issue (June 2017)—which featured a cover based on Jordan Peele’s seminal movie, Get Out—in collaboration with the Harvard based Transition Magazine. Novuyo serves on the Editorial Advisory Board and is an editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature based in California.
A native of Zimbabwe who has lived in South Africa and the USA, Novuyo’s creative writing is eclectic, reflecting its author’s voracious and inquisitive nature. She holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a BComm in Economics and Finance from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. To contact the author for speaking and other engagements, click HERE.