Busisiwe Mahlangu

Busisiwe Mahlangu

South Africa

Busisiwe Mahlangu is a writer, performer and TEDx Speaker from Mamelodi, Pretoria. Poetry is how she is learning to be brave and fearless. Her work is hard-hitting and raw, holding space for conversations around poverty, mental health, education, violence, and healing. She is the founder of the Lwazilubanzi Project, a non-profit organisation that focuses on literature and creating learning spaces in townships and public schools.  

Busisiwe is the winner of the Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition 2016/2017 and National Library of South Africa Poetry 2017.

Her work is longlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Poetry Award and has been published in New Coin, Kalahari Review, Best ‘New’ African Poets Anthology and Atlanta Review.

Her debut collection ‘Surviving Loss’ was published in late 2018 (Impepho Press) and adapted and produced for theatre as part of the South African State Theatre’s incubator programme 2018/2019.

She has shared poetry across South Africa, including performances at the Naked Word Festival, Open Book Festival and South African Book Fair. Mahlangu was part of the cast of ‘When Poetry Hits the Fan’ directed by Bobby Gordon, which ran at the University of Witwatersrand University. Mahlangu has toured and shared her work internationally, including Washington DC, Sweden and Mozambique.

Busisiwe is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of South Africa.

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