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Gabeba Baderoon (born 21 February 1969) is a South African poet and academic. She is the 2005 recipient of the Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Poetry. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa, and Pennsylvania, USA, and serves as an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African and African American Studies at Penn State.[1]


Early years and educationEdit

Gabeba Baderoon was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on 21 February 1969. In 1989 she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cape Town in English and Psychology. In 1991 she was awarded a First-class Honours degree in English from the University of Cape Town BA Honours program. She attained her Master of Arts in English with Distinction at the University of Cape Town in Postmodernist Television (Media Studies) and in 2004 completed her doctoral studies in Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, the same year spending time at the University of Sheffield, UK, as a Visiting Scholar. She also completed her dissertation entitled "Oblique Figures: Representations of Islam in South African Media and Culture."

Poetry collectionsEdit

  • The Dream in the Next Body (2005):
    • Notable Book of 2005 by the Sunday Independent in South Africa
    • Sunday Times Recommended Book
  • The Museum of Ordinary Life (2005)
  • A hundred silences (2006):
  • The Silence Before Speaking[2]
  • Cinnamon (2009)


  • 2005: Daimler Chrysler Award for South African Poetry
  • 2005: Guest Writer Fellowship at the Nordic Africa Institute
  • 2008: Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy
  • 2008: Writer's Residency at the University of Witwatersrand[3]


  1. ^ "Catching up with Gabeba Baderoon". Research Penn State. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Gabeba Baderoon". Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Gabeba Baderoon". Badilisha Poetry Exchange. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.

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