Marlise Joubert was born in Limpopo and grew up in Warmbad (Bela Bela). She holds a degree in Library Science and Philosophy from the University of Pretoria, was a journalist, and later librarian at die Department of Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. She is the author of 11 publications (of which bladspieël is her eighth), and manages Versindaba.com. From 2001 to 2006 her dramas for radio won first, second, and third prizes in the Sanlam/RSG radio drama competition. Joubert is married to the Afrikaans poet Louis Esterhuizen and lives in Stellenbosch.