About Dr Siphiwo Mahala
Dr Siphiwo Mahala is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests include Contemporary African Literature, Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature, Literary History, Short Story Writing as well as Creative Writing. He is a graduate of the University of Fort Hare, holds a Masters degree in African Literature from Wits University, and a PhD. in English Literature from the University of South Africa.
His articles appear in several local and international publications. He is the author of two critically acclaimed plays, The House of Truth (2017) and Bloke and His American Bantu (2021). His books include the award-winning novel When A Man Cries (UKZN Press, 2007), Yakhal’ Indoda (UKZN Press, 2010), and two short story collections, African Delights (Jacana Media, 2011) and Red Apple Dreams (Iconic Productions, 2019). His latest book Can Themba: The Making & Breaking of The Intellectual Tsotsi (Wits University Press, 2022), is an appendage of his doctoral thesis. His works are widely cited and have been the subject of masters and doctoral research locally and internationally. In June 2022, he was recognised with the PanSALB Multilingualism Award for English Literature. He is the founder and editor of Imbiza Journal for African Writing.