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Koleka Putuma

Koleka Putuma is a Cape Town-based performance poet who facilitates and hosts writing and dialogue workshops at schools, community projects and interfaith programs in the Cape Town area. Her poem titled “Water” earned her PEN SA Student Writing Prize. She co-founded a theatre company for up-and-coming female artists in 2014 called Velvet Spine and is a member of the theatre group The PaperCut Collective.

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Lebo Mashile

Lebo Mashile is a South African poet who was born in U.S. and returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid in the 1990s. She is well-known for her works “In a Ribbon of Rhythm” released in 2005 and “Flying Above the Sky”, which was released in 2008. She is also an actress and producer, having performed in a number of theatre productions, being featured in the 2004 film with Don Cheadle “Hotel Rwanda” and co-producing and hosting the documentary programme "L’Attitude", which aired on the South African channel SABC 1. Mashile regards poetry and its expressive power as the most effective tool to bring about discussion and changes in mental attitude about social issues, especially issues experienced in the socio-political realm of post-apartheid South Africa.

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Zéwande Bk. Bhengu

Zéwande Bk. Bhengu is a Johannesburg-based poet who originated from the Eastern Cape. He attended the National School of Arts where he learned to combine poetry with performance. He then went on to study drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has become one of the most high commended poets in South Africa. His work is a collage of socio-political commentary, self-criticism and an analysis of artistic process and natures.

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Xabiso Vili

Xabiso Vili is a social activist, writer and performer. He’s also the winner of the Pretoria Spoken Sessions Slam League and Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition. Vili’s work has been published in various publications, including Black Communion, Poetry Potion, Sky and Dust and more. He is passionate about the positive influence art can have within a community and is working to create new platforms through which it can be shared.

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Vus’umuzi Phakathi (Romeo the Poet)

Vus’umuzi Phakathi, also known as Romeo the Poet, is a writer, performer and producer based in Gauteng. He is the founder of Current State Presentation, the production house behind the groundbreaking poetry house Current State of Poetry. He’s been a performer, judge and host for many events such as Individual World Poetry Slam in Washington DC, The Wits University Arts Experience, Poetry Africa and many more.

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Zéwande Bk. Bhengu

Zéwande Bk. Bhengu is a Johannesburg-based poet who originated from the Eastern Cape. He attended the National School of Arts where he learned to combine poetry with performance. He then went on to study drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has become one of the most high commended poets in South Africa. His work is a collage of socio-political commentary, self-criticism and an analysis of artistic process and natures.

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Sipho Kotobason Ndebele

Sipho Kotobason Ndebele is a seasoned poet and the founder of Home of Poetry, a production house focused on creating a more stable poetry industry in South Africa. Sipho’s poetry career is one filled with success as he’s performed alongside internationally acclaimed poets and musicians, such as Ezekiel Azonwu, Safia Elhillo and Elizabeth Acevedo. Ndebele also founded the Exodus Klan (formerly Exodus Movement) poetry collective in Cape Town.

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