Menzi Sibiya

Menzi Sibiya

MENZI SIBIYA discovered his love for poetry, reading, and writing in 2007 while studying in Pietermaritzburg. At the time, he was hindered by immense self-doubt and he only started sharing his work in 2010 during the weekly poetry sessions at the Bessie Head Library in Pietermaritzburg. These poetry sessions helped

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Masai Sepuru

MASAI SEPURU is a visual and a performing artist practising in numerous disciplines of the arts Including writing, painting, set design, directing and performing. He has won two of the biggest slams in the country back to back (Tshwane Speak out Loud and WordnSound) making him the only poet to

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Maneo Mohale

MANEO REFILOE MOHALE is a South African editor, feminist writer a poet whose work has appeared in various local and international publications, including Jalada, Prufrock, The Beautiful Project, The Mail & Guardian, spectrum.za, and others. Maneo has served as a contributing editor for The New York Times and i-D, among

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Makhosazana Xaba

Makhosazana Xaba is an anthologist, essayist, poet and writer of short stories. She has published three collections of poetry, These hands, Tongues of their Mothers and The Alkalinity of bottled water. Forthcoming is The Art of Waiting for Tales,ct due for release in 2021. Her poetry has been anthologised widely

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Lebogang Mashile

LEBOGANG MASHILE is a celebrated and award-winning writer, presenter, actress and activist. She is a South African household name who is recognised for her lyrical and gutsy poetry which has captivated audiences in over 28 countries. Mashile is a sought after social and political commentator, speaker, and master of ceremonies

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Koleka Putuma

KOLEKA PUTUMA is an award-winning poet, playwright and theatre director. She is the Featured Poet of the 2020 Poetry Africa festival. She is the Founder and Director of Manyano Media, a multidisciplinary creative company that produces and champions the work and stories of black queer artists and queer life. Koleka

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Khwezi Becker

KHWEZI BECKER was born in Johannesburg, RSA, to an artistic South African – German couple. She is fluent in English, German and Zulu. Her ability to use language was nurtured from an early age. Becker first acted in a children’s television show called Creature Club in about 2006 on National

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Eugene Skeef

Eugene Skeef is a South African percussionist, composer, poet, educationalist and animateu. He also works in conflict resolution, acts as a consultant on cultural development, teaches creative leadership and is a broadcaster. In 2003 he founded Umoya Creations, a charity set up to facilitate this international work. As a young

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Diana Ferrus

DIANA FERRUS is a writer, poet, storyteller and a creative writing workshop facilitator. Her work was published in various collections, and some serve as prescribed texts for high school learners. She visits different schools as part of the Stellenbosch University WOW project that speaks to learners about their prescribed poems.

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Athol Williams

ATHOL WILLIAMS is a South African author of 14 books including 4 books of poetry. He is the recipient of 6 literary awards and is the only poet to have been awarded the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award twice. Athol is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Applied

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