danai mupotsa et al. published in the parallax journal

‘Memory Work Alerts Consciousness’: Danai S. Mupotsa and Mbali Mazibuko in Conversation by Danai Mupotsa, Mbali Mazibuko,Maya Caspari, and Ruth Daly

“This article forms part of the special issue of parallax, ‘Reading Otherwise: Decolonial Feminisms’. The issue features conversations which took place 2021–2023. Prompts relating to the speakers’ work and the key terms of the issue were circulated ahead of this conversation. We started the conversation by asking what had brought them to their work.

Danai Mupotsa is Senior Lecturer in African Literature at Wits University. She is a poet, feminist teacher, researcher, and cultural critic. Her work focuses on gender and sexualities, Black intellectual traditions and histories, intimacy and affect, popular culture, and questions of justice and feminist pedagogies. In 2018, she published her debut collection of poetry, feeling and ugly, with impepho press. Recent publications include ‘Framing notes–COVID-19: The intimacies of pandemics’ (2021), ‘Cinematic imaginaries of the African city’, in Social Dynamics (2021), and ‘A Queering-to-Come’ (2020).

Mbali Mazibuko is Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of South Africa. Mazibuko completed her doctoral degree titled ‘Rebellious Black femininities: Embodiments of freedom, desire and agency in South African popular culture from 1980 to present’ in 2023. Her work focuses on gender-based violence, power, affect theories, popular culture, methodological ethics of sensuality, care, compassion and rage and feminist pedagogical justice. Her most recent publications include ‘Nasi iStocko! Forging contemporary feminist imaginaries of liberation’ (2022), ‘Being a Feminist in the Fallist Movement in Contemporary South Africa’ (2020), and a review essay of Surfacing: On Being Black and Feminist in South Africa (Desiree Lewis and Gabeba Baderoon, eds.) (2022). ‘Semhle, Sbwl: Where Black Women Can Meet Grief During and Beyond a Pandemic’ was published in Lavender Fields: Black Women Experiencing Fear, Agency and Hope in the time of COVID-19 (ed. Julia S. Jordan-Zachery) in 2023.”

Please read the article here.

Next Generation Democracy Poetry Slam 2024

Next Generation Democracy Poetry Slam competition at the UP Javett Centre, Pretoria, on March 20. The judges’ panel included accomplished American slam poet Alysia Harris and two award-winning SA poets Xabiso Vili (former World Poetry Slam champion) and Busisiwe Mahlangu (first female Tshwane Out Loud winner).

feeling and ugly reviewed by The Johannesburg Review of Books

Danai Mupotsa

[Conversation Issue] ‘Poetry refuses the abstraction of theory’—danai mupotsa in conversation with Makhosazana Xaba

Mupotsa’s feeling and ugly presents femininity as a complex framework for thinking about how private life intersects with politics. It shows how through poetry, something as ubiquitous as feeling becomes a powerful means of conveying as much as transcending the ugly side of life. (Ainehi Edoro)

Source: The Johannesburg Review of Books

vangile gantsho “we have forgotten who we are”

“In my early days of dreaming, of remembering my dreams, I saw a fire. A wild fire burning the streets. Burning houses, burning fields, burning children. Not even the white children were safe. Not even the rich children. I saw an old man burning. First his stick. Then his body. His once grey beard ablaze. Burning libraries, and schools, and kraals. Everything was on fire.” (gantsho)

Source: Herri.org.za, https://herri.org.za/5/vangile-gantsho/

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: https://redwheelbarrowpoet.wixsite.com/website

Recordings of our weekly Zoom readings can be found here:

Photo credit: Victor Dlamini