South African Primrose Mrwebi, Moroccan Driss El Khouri, and South African Valerie Boyd have passed away in the last few weeks.
South African writer, poet, and performer Primrose Mrwebi died of cancer on Saturday, February 12, 2022. A graduate of the Waterfront Theatre School, she was a frequent contributor at literary festivals across South Africa, including the Book Week for Young Readers, and was dedicated to supporting younger writers.
She also founded the PrimPoetry Foundation, which gave younger writers and artists a platform to perform their work. Mrwebi wrote and edited for titles including Cosmopolitan, Fairlady and Bona.
Driss El Khouri
Born in 1939, El Khoury worked first as a journalist and, in Casablanca, became close friends with influential Moroccan authors Muhammad Zafzaf and Mohamed Choukri. El Khoury joined the Moroccan Writers Union in 1968 and began publishing short stories in the 1970s. Like Zafzaf, El Khoury was interested in the lives of the marginalized and in pushing the boundaries of the short-story form. Some of his books were Al-Bidayat (Beginnings) (1980), Al-’ayyam wa Allayali (Days and Nights) (1982), and Madinat Atturab (City of Dirt) (1988).
Born December 11, 1963, Valerie Boyd, is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston (2003, Scribner) and the forthcoming Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker 1965-2000 (2022, S&S), which she edited, died on February 12, at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer.
Boyd served as an associate professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, where she taught classes on magazine writing, arts reviewing, and narrative nonfiction. She also taught creative writing in the graduate writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles and was a consultant to The Zora Neale Hurston Trust.