Zizipho Bam

Born in 1996 in South Africa, Zizipho Bam is an award-winning poet who creates work that seeks to heal. Using the body and its experience as inspiration, she reimagines longing, loss, and love and turns her stories into works of art. “Sunflowers for my lovers”, is her first poetry collection.

Bam has participated in and won various slam competitions in her career including Word N Sound, Cuddle Sessions: Pillow Stages and Poetry Africa. She has also performed on stages such as The South African Book Fair, Off The Wall Poetry and Open Book Festival. Her poetry has graced online audiences in the United States of America, Sweden, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, and at home.
Bam holds a 2020 New Coin Prize for her poem “Learning to Swim” and a 2021 New Contrast National Poetry Prize for her poem “Silence in Church”.