vangile gantsho

About vangile gantsho

Part water. Part dream. Part impepho.  vangile gantsho is a healer, poet, publisher and unwavering advocate for the revival of the Black Feminine.  “I prefer to write my name lower case as part of my small-girl revolution,” she says.

As a teaching artist, she has travelled the continent and abroad for literary events, festivals and residencies. She is the author of two poetry collections: “Undressing in front of the window” (2015) and “red cotton” (2018), and holds an MA from the University currently known as Rhodes (2016), where she is also a part-time lecturer.

gantsho was named one of Mail & Guardian’s Top Young 200 South Africans of 2018, and her work has been published in various literary publications, including Wild Imperfections (2021), New Daughters of Africa (2019), The Atlanta Review (2018), New Coin (2017 + 2018), New Contrast (2017) and Illuminations (2017). As a producer, she has facilitated the staging of multiple poetry plays and online festivals, including the impepho press Women of Words Poetry Festival (2020), a virtual World Poetry Day (2020), and co-curated the SA programme of Unbound International Spoken Word Festival (2020).