About the Author
Sabah has authored two novels, Humeirah and Semi-Apes, both set in Mauritius where she was born. Her short stories have been shortlisted and published in various international competitions organised by Commonwealth Writers (Plaine Verte), Goethe Institute South Africa (Tara’s Hair), Odd Voice Out Press (Size of Rice), Bristol Short Story Prize (The Evil in Me), and Afritondo Short Story Prize (Dadima’s Key Ring). One of her nonfiction pieces (Dismantling Life) was also a semi-finalist in the Gabriele Rico Challenge for Creative Nonfiction, published in Reed Magazine in 2020. Her poetry can be found in Pepper Coast Lit, Jalada Africa, SetuMag, SpillWords, and The Bangalore Review, among others.
Sabah has been on the panel of judges for four consecutive years for the African Writers Award in the nonfiction category. She also delivered the keynote speech on Cultural Stereotypes in African Literature at the African Writers Festival held in Nairobi in 2019. She has a PhD in Genocide Studies and Prevention with a focus on the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge era, and her scholarly writing focuses on the problem of evil, feminism, and the human condition.
Recently Sabah was awarded the W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Fellowship for a MFA in Creative Writing in the United States where she now lives. She is currently penning a new novel titled Thus Spake Hasna based on the eponymous short story published in Maudrigosa – A Poetic Manifesto, mentioned below.