Photo credit: Nick White

Photo credit: Nick White

SISONKE MSIMANG

Agent: Isobel Dixon

Biography: Sisonke Msimang is a writer and columnist with the Daily Maverick in South Africa.  She has held fellowships at Yale University, the Aspen Institute and the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg.  She was born in Swaziland to parents who were political exiles, and raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, before going to the US as an undergraduate.  Her family returned to South Africa after the release of Nelson Mandela and the unbanning of liberation movements in the early 1990s.  She currently lives on planes, navigating the distance between South Africa and Australia.