International Writing Program

Participant, Busisiwe Mahlangu (poet, playwright, fiction writer; South Africa) is the author of Surviving Loss, a 2018 poetry collection also adapted for theater. She was awarded the inaugural South Africa National Poetry Prize, has had work longlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award, and is published in Kalahari, Atlanta Review, 20.35 Africa, Best ‘New’ African Poets, and elsewhere. In 2022, she was a fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study.

Source: International Writing Program

Vangile Gantsho speaking truth

Twitter @SwedeninSA: Small girl stories… by @impephop
Vangile Gantsho. Speaking truth about the pains and struggles of women and girls. 2gether4SRHR is an example of crucial services needed to protect these key populations

Source: Twitter

11 May 2023 ~ gantsho gives a reading

The Red Wheelbarrow invites you to a special reading by VANGILE GANTSHO on 11 May!

vangile gantsho is a healer and poet and the co-founder of impepho press – a Pan Africanist intersectional feminist publishing house. She is the author of two poetry collections: red cotton (2018) and Undressing in Front of the Window (2015). She holds an MA, with distinction, from the University Currently Known as Rhodes and is a graduate of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (Pioneer Class). In 2018, she was named one of Mail & Guardian’s Top Young 200 South Africans. Her poetry has been published in various literary publications around the globe, including New Daughters of Africa (2019) and has lived on stages across three continents. She has curated and produced in-person and online international programmes and co-created a poetry and film meditation called forgetting. and memory. with Toni Giselle Stuart and Vusumzi Ngxande. gantsho dedicates herself and her work to creating and/or supporting spaces that encourage (black feminine visibility and) healing.

As always, the reading by the featured poet will be followed by an open mic session for poets from the audience. Poets are welcome to read from their own work as well as from the work of a favourite poet.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Date: 11th May 2023
Time: 19:30 SAST

Meeting ID: 952 904 1131
Passcode: 12345

Poems by poets featured previously at TRW can be found on our blog:

Recordings of our weekly Zoom readings can be found here:

Photo credit: Victor Dlamini

Danai Mupotsa’s ‘feeling and ugly’ translated into Portuguese

Event: Mon, 17 Apr 2023 16:00 – 18:00 SAST / Mon, 17 April 2023 15:00 BST

Get your tickets at this link.

Metamorfose is the second event in the PELTA Translates Poetry series. This is a set of collaborative workshops translating poetry from Portuguese(s) to English(es) and vice versa. For Workshop 2 we are delighted to welcome Sandra Tamele as our guest workshop leader. Tamele has translated 21 novels and short story collections.

Source: Translating the poetry of Danai Mupotsa into Portuguese with Sandra Tamele

smallgirl rising event

connecting the Divine Black Feminine – invoking the memory and knowing of
black women

Fundraiser @The Forge
Friday, March 31, 2023
7:00pm SAST

Penn State
@Three Dots
Friday, April 7, 2023
12:00pm EST

Saturday, April 8, 2023
7:00pm EST

Washington DC
@Busboys and Poets
Monday, April 10,2023

New York
PULSE: poetry and music offering
@The Billie Holiday Theatre
Friday, April 14, 2023
6:30pm EST

a morning of meditation
@Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Sunday, April 16, 2023
10:00am EST

CUNY LaGuardia
@ The Poolside Cafe
Thursday, April 20, 2023

Women Writers in Bloom
Private Location (visit Women Writers in Bloom FB page to get address)
Saturday, April 22, 2023
6pm – 10pm EST

umthendeleko: a sacred communion
@Prospect Park
Sunday, April 23 2023
1pm EST

Time of the Writer festival 2023: vangile gantsho to perform at Alliance Française Pretoria

On 21 March at 14:00, Time of the Writer wraps up the World Poetry Day and South Africa Human Rights Day commemoration at the Alliance Française, with vangile gantsho, Pralini Naidoo, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, Ongezwa Mbele, Sindiswa Zulu, Kwanele Nyembe and Lebohang Masango, hosted by Inezile Hlophe. 

Full programme

Creative juices of SA wordsmiths will flow at Durban’s Time of the Writer festival

Poets perform to honour legendary South African poets

Poetry Africa Festival to honour SA legends: This year, the festival presents a series of tributes, lectures and performances to honour legendary South African poets

The Poetry Africa On Tour programme, a three-day celebration of spoken word poetry, is the first major poetry event to take place at the UJ Arts & Culture Centre since the theatre was named in honour of the late South African national poet laureate, Keorapetse Kgositsile (Bra Willie). Kgositsile was a regular participant at the Poetry Africa Festival and other art spaces countrywide and beyond our shores. Poets performing during the event are Lebo Mashile, Vangile Gantsho, Phillippa de Villiers, Roché Kester, Nomashenge and Belita Andre.

Source: Daily Vox

vangile gantsho to appear at Poetry Africa

Poetry Africa Festival announces dates, theme and tour

The theme for the 26th Poetry Africa International Festival is: ‘Poetic (In)Justice: Voices That Breathe, Move and Transform’, and the festival is an ode to the depth of perspective that poetry affords us in seeing and articulating (in)justice.

On October 6, the festival will present What’s a Woman’s Worth?, featuring Philippa Yaa De Villiers, Lebo Mashile, Roche Kester, Vangile Gantsho, Nomashenge and Belita Andre. It is a first-of-its-kind focus on women-by-women performance and a cross-generational probing into the vast spectrum of degradation to the celebration that determines the worth of a woman. 

Read more… Berea Mail

Danai Mupotsa does an edit for Agenda Feminist Media special issue

Launch of the Agenda special issue. The special issue is edited by Dr Danai Mupotsa and Moshibudi Motimele. The launch is hosted by The Department of Political Studies and the Centre for Gender and African Studies at the University of the Free State.

The editors will be in conversation with authors in the special issue.

Link to the special issue:

Email to attend:

Feminist exhibition conceptualised by Danai Mupotsa and others

Feminism ya Mang, Feminism Yethu, Feminism Yani curated by Samantha Modisenyane and Masechaba Moloi, and conceptualised by Samantha Modisenyane and Masechaba Moloi in collaboration with Danai Mupotsa, Motlatsi Khosi and Lindiwe Mngxitama.

NWU Gallery and the Goethe Institut presents feminism exhibition in celebration of Women’s Month. Feminism ya Mang, Feminism Yethu, Feminism Yani is the visual exploration on how we define womanhood, sexuality, age, and feminism, key themes that come with such an engagement, and the ways in which notions on gender and queerness can redefine our understandings. By engaging with this complexity, the exhibition aims to celebrate the diversity of knowledge that contributes to our regional experience of feminisms. 

Read more at BizCommunity