Fred Khumalo is a novelist and short story writer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The author of 18 books, his latest work is Crossing the River, a novel for young adults. It was preceded, early in 2022, by Two Tons O’ Fun, a coming of age novel. He holds an MA Creative Writing from Wits University, is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World (Cologne, Germany), a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, a Fellow of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study and is also a PhD (Creative Writing) candidate at the University of Pretoria. In 2021 he was appointed Adjunct Professor of African Literature at the University of South Africa.