P. R. Anderson is the author of two volumes of poetry and editor of an anthology of South African love poems. Recently he has published criticism of translations of the contemporary Italian poet Valerio Magrelli; he lectures in English at the University of Cape Town.

Mara Boccaccio was born in Genoa. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, teaching Italian at the University of Cape Town and for La Società Dante Alighieri.

Jonathan Botha is an auditor by profession but enjoys scribbling stories. He has recently moved to New York.

Darrel Bristow-Bovey is a writer who lives in Sea Point. He has never fought a bull or caught a marlin or grown a full beard. His email address is

Genna Gardini is the author of Matric Rage (uHlanga, 2015), a collection of poetry. She currently lives in Cape Town, where she works as a teacher and critic.

Anna Hartford is a writer based in Cape Town. She has also written for The Paris Review Daily, N+1, The Threepenny Review, and The Kenyon Review.

Simone Haysom lives in Cape Town. She was awarded a Miles Morland Foundation scholarship in 2015 and is working on a book of narrative non-fiction about a murder trial and possible police conspiracy. Her narrative non-fiction has been published by Prufrock, adda, and in the collection Safe House: Explorations in Creative Non-Fiction, edited by Ellah Allfrey.

Mishka Hoosen was born in Johannesburg. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and Rhodes University. Her debut novel Call it a difficult night was published by Deep South Books in 2015.

Phil Kramer is a musician, DJ, furniture designer, and very infrequent animator. He is currently at work on his first studio album, End of an Era. You can reach him at

Rosa Lyster is a writer living in Cape Town. Her first book of poems, Modern Rasputin, was published in 2016 by uHlanga.

Blessing Nemadziva grew up in a highly academic family. He writes about society and daily lives on the African continent.

Zola Nongogo was born in the Eastern Cape in Mount Ayliff and currently lives in Cape Town. He has been published in The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology 2015 and the online literary journal Eunoia Review under the name Zukisani Nongogo.

Sol Plaatje was a novelist, journalist and intellectual who was the first general secretary of the South African Native National Congress, now known as the African National Congress. He died in 1932.

Janet Remmington works as an editorial director for Routledge, while pursuing her research and writing interests after the sun goes down. Most recently, she co-edited Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present (Wits University Press, 2016).

Andre Sales is a bookseller at Clarke’s Bookshop, and hosts occasional dinner parties at his home in the BoKaap as La Petite Mort. To come to one of these dinner parties, email him at

Siwaphiwe Fortune Shweni was born, and raised in a small village called Tshatshatsha in the Eastern Cape. He is currently studying at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He was a finalist for the 2016 Poetry in McGregor Poetry Competition.

Paul Wairia lives in Nairobi. He trained as an analytical chemist at Kenyatta University. His work also appears in Saraba magazine. Tsholofelo Wesi is a sub-editor based in Johannesburg. He studied in Grahamstown at the university currently known as Rhodes, and grew up Taung, North-West.

All illustrations in this issue, unless specified otherwise, are by Isabella Kuijers. Kuijers is an artist, curator and writer who graduated with a BFA from the University of Stellenbosch in 2014. She lives and works in Cape Town, and writes for the publication Art Throb. She will be exhibiting a solo show at 99 Loop, Cape Town, in late-September 2017.