PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Stella Gaitano was born in Khartoum in 1979 into a South Sudanese family. She studied English and Arabic at Khartoum University and trained as a pharmacist. When the Sudan was partitioned, she moved to Juba, the capital of South Sudan in 2012. In 2015 Gaitano had to move back to Khartoum, after having been harassed and attacked due to her criticism of the South Sudanese government for what she saw as its mismanagement, corruption, and its role in the South Sudanese civil war. In 2022 Gaitano was awarded a fellowship by the PEN International Writers-in-Exile programme and moved to Germany
She has chosen to write in Arabic and has published 2 short story collections and the novel Edo’s Souls in 2018. Edo's Souls is the first book from South Sudan to be translated into English.