NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo (pen name of Elizabeth Zandile Tshele, born 12 October 1981) is a Zimbabwean writer.

She completed her college education in the US, studying at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Texas A&M University-Commerce and Southern Methodist University. In 2010, she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Cornell University.


  • 2010 Truman Capote Fellowship
  • 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing for the short story “Hitting Budapest”
  • 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist for We Need New Names
  • 2013 National Book Award’s “5 Under 35” chosen by a panel of past finalists and winners. Bulawayo was selected by Junot Díaz
  • 2014 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner for We Need New Names


  • “Snapshots”, published in New Writing from Africa, 2009 (J. M. Coetzee, ed.)
  • “Hitting Budapest”, published in Boston Review,  2010, and The Caine Prize for African Writing, 2011


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