Cornelia Smith Fick was longlisted for the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award in 2016 and published ‘Eye of a Needle: And other stories’, which originated as a thesis for the Masters in Creative Writing at Rhodes University. A nurse, she worked for a number of years as editor of 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; Soho Square V (Bloomsbury); To breather into another voice: A jazz anthology, Tyhini 2014 and 2015, Through the Looking Glass (forthcoming); Ladyboxbooks.com and Atlanta Review. She lives in Johannesburg with her family and two dogs.