Busisiwe Mahlangu

About Busisiwe Mahlangu

Busisiwe Mahlangu (born 1996) is a poet, performer and a dreamer from Mamelodi, Pretoria. She is the author of “Surviving Loss”, a poetry collection which was later adapted for theatre at the South African State Theatre Incubator Program. “Surviving Loss” was named a bestseller by African Books Collective and Bridge Books in 2019.

Busisiwe was awarded the inaugural SA National Poetry Prize (2020) for her poem, “I wear mother’s bones”.  She has won the Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition (2016/2017), the NLSA Poetry Slam (2017), and has toured and shared her work internationally, including USA, Sweden, Lesotho, Mozambique and Nigeria. She is currently completing her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing at UNISA.