Yasmin Ladha was born in Mwanza, Tanzania around 1958 and immigrated to Canada in 1978. She completed a B.A. and an M.A. (1993) in English at the University of Calgary. Her thesis, Circum the Gesture, is a collection of eleven creative writing pieces in multiple genres that play with the notion of immigrant woman as a nomad. When Women Dancing on Rooftops, her second book of short stories, was published in 1997, Ladha was living in Chonbuk, Korea. She has taught English in the liberal studies program at the Alberta College of Art and Design but now lives in Muscat, Oman. Her story “Coca-Cola and Cowboys” was awarded first prize in a CBC Radio short story competition in 2005.