Rozena Maart was born and raised in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa. In 1987 she was nominated South Africa’s “Woman of the Year” for her work in the area of violence against women and for starting, with four other women, South Africa’s first Black feminist organization, Women Against Repression. She moved to Canada in 1989. Maart won the 1992 Journey Prize for Short Fiction. Rosa's District Six made the weekly bestseller list in 2006 in Canada and the same year it made the HOMEBRU list in South Africa. Her novel The Writing Circle was published in December 2007 in Canada and in May 2008 in South Africa; it is being made into a feature film. Rozena Maart writes short stories, poetry, novels and now entering a new terrain as a screen writer. She has a PhD from the University of Birmingham and currently lives in Guelph, Ontario.