Siphiwo Mahala is a South African writer who has also published articles in national newspapers and magazines such as Sunday Times, The Deal, Classic Feel, etc. He has contributed short stories to several anthologies including Nobody Ever Said AIDS: Poems and Stories from Southern Africa( Kwela 2004); A is for Ancestors: Stories from the Caine Prize (Jacana, 2004), and Words Gone Two Soon: A Tribute to Phaswane Mpe and K. Sello Duiker (Stotaville Media, 2005). He joined the National Department of Arts and Culture as the deputy Director for Books and Publishing in 2004. His academic qualifications include a BA Honours degree from Fort Hare University, Alice, and a Master of Arts degree in African Literature from Wits University, Johanesburg. He also holds Creative Writing certificates from Rhodes University, Grahamstown and Lancaster University, London. He is the recipient of the 2006 Ernst Van Heerden Creative Writing Award for his first novel, When a Man Cries(UKZN Press; 2007). Upon presenting the award, Prof Belinda Bozzoli remarked, “When a Man Cries offers vivid insight into the painful rhythms and experiential pressures of township life, while contriving to include flashes of dark or even slapstick humour”.