University of Pittsburgh
September 27, 2006

South African Poet Baderoon to Speak at Pitt

The Oct. 4 reading is part of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Poet Gabeba Baderoon will give an evening reading at the University of Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in

Room 501, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. This event is free and open to the public.

An internationally renowned poet, Baderoon grew up in Crawford and Athlone, South Africa. She earned the Ph.D. degree in English at the University of Cape Town; her thesis was on the images of Islam in South African media, literature, and art. Baderoon's work has been published in two anthologies-Worldscapes (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Ten Hallam Poets (Mews Press, 2005)-and her own collections are The Dream in the Next Body (Kwela/Snailpress, 2005), The Museum of Ordinary Life (DaimlerChrysler, 2005), and most recently, A Hunderd Silences (Kwela/Snailpress, 2006).

Baderoon is the recipient of various honors and awards including the 2005 DaimlerChrysler Award for South African poetry. She has held fellowships at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town, Pennsylvania State University, and the Oxford Institute for Islamic Studies.

The Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, which runs through April 4, 2007, is cosponsored by the Wyndham Garden Hotel-University Place and Pitt's Book Center, University of Pittsburgh Press, and Creative Nonfiction and Film Studies Programs.

For more information, call 412-624-6505 or visit