Zukiswa Wanner is a South African writer, novelist, and publisher. She was born in 1979 in South Africa and has Zambian and Zimbabwean heritages. Her work has been shortlisted for the South African Literary Awards (SALA) and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. She was the 2015 winner of the K. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award for London Cape Town Joburg. She was also named on the Africa 39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers under 40 with the potential to define trends in African literature. In 2020 she became the first African woman to be awarded the Goethe Medal for her services to cultural exchange through her literary work. She currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya.