Cornelia Smith Fick (Connie Fick) was born in Grasmere, a small settlement south of Johannesburg, during apartheid.

She was longlisted for the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award in 2016 and has just published ‘Eye of a Needle: And other stories’, which originated as a thesis for the Masters in Creative Writing at Rhodes University. A nurse by profession, she worked for a number of years as the editor of Health & Hygiene, a monthly primary health care magazine.

She was a freelance writer for Takalani Sesame (radio and TV).

Her poems and short stories have been published in local and international literary magazines and anthologies eg. Itch, Botsotso, Experimental Writing: Volume 1, Africa VS Latin America, Ladyboxbooks.com and Atlanta Review. She lives in Johannesburg with her family and two dogs.