ROSE MOSS, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, has lived in the United States since 1964. Her most recent book, In Court, a Penguin Modern Classic, presents prize-winning stories about exile, disruption, faith, reconciliation and justice.

Rose has published two novels, The Family Reunion, Scribner’s, short-listed for a National Book Award, and The Terrorist, Harvester, featured selection by the New Fiction Society. The Terrorist was published as The Schoolmaster, Ravan, in South Africa and has been re-printed. Her third book, Shouting at the Crocodile, non-fiction, presents two defendants in a treason trial during the last days of apartheid.

Among her more than forty short stories one won a Quill Prize from the Massachusetts Review and another a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. Several have been cited in Best American Short Stories, nominated for Pushcart prizes, selected for anthologies in the United States and abroad and translated. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly and similar publications and in scholarly journals.

She teaches at Harvard Law School, is a member of the PEN American Center and has served on the Freedom to Write Committee of PEN New England, the selection committee of the Nieman Foundation and as a judge for the PEN NE/L.L. Winship award for fiction. She resigned from teaching at the Nieman Foundation in 2011. She continues to teach at Harvard Law School and gives lectures, seminars, and readings, most recently in Spain, South Africa and Chile. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Translation of In Court

  • "Asimetrias y Experanza" (In Court), translation by Encarnacion Perez Pinazo Postigo, published by Comares, forthcoming



  • "...the excellent writer and matchless reader Rose Moss knows more about literature than anyone I’ve met." — Edith Pearlman

Penguin Modern Classics, South Africa, 2007.

"The Path of Lightning"
edited by Linda Wendling, Hourglass Press, Lindenhurst, IL, 2007.

Short pieces by students at Harvard Law School 2006 edited by Rose Moss and Janet Halley, Afar, Cambridge, MA, 2006.

Living writers Rose Moss admires

Emily Hiestand
Adam Hochshild
Edith Pearlman