z.p. dala is a freelance writer and psychologist. Her debut novel What About Meera was longlisted for both the Etisalat Prize for Fiction (the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction) and the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (South Africa’s biggest literary award). She has written opinion pieces for New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, and Elle. In 2017, she received an Honorary Fellowship in Writing at the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa. She has lived and worked in Dublin and now lives in Durban, South Africa.