Lebo Mashile is a celebrated South African poet, author, performer, and producer. A sought after speaker, activist, and social commentator, Mashile has shared her creative work in 29 countries to date.

She’s the author of the play Venus Vs Modernity: The Life of Saartjie Baartman (2019), the Noma Award winning collection In A Ribbon of Rhythm (2006), and Flying Above the Sky (2008). She has also produced the albums  Lebo Mashile Live! (2006) and Moya (2017).

Her acting credits include the film Hotel Rwanda, stage adaptations of K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams and Pamela Nomvete’s Ngiyadansa, as well as Threads, a fusion of poetry and contemporary dance.

Mashile has spent 18 working in television and media as a presenter, content creator, and voice over artist. Mashile’s poetry is taught in South African high schools, has been widely anthologised, and is taught in tertiary institutions in South Africa, Rwanda, Colombia, Germany and Scotland.