Karen Jennings was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1982, but moved to Brazil in late 2015 with her Brazilian husband. She holds Masters degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, as well as a PhD in English Literature from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her debut novel, Finding Soutbek was published in 2012 by Holland Park Press and was shortlisted for inaugural Etisalat Prize for African Fiction. She edited Feast, Famine and Porluck, the Short Story Day Africa anthology in 2013. Her short story collection, Away from the Dead (2014), was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International short story competition. 2016 will see her autobiographical novel, Travels with my Father, being launched. This novel was begun while an M-resident at Sangam House over the winter months of 2012-213. Karen is currently a Miles Morland scholar and is working on a fiction manuscript.