Authors, writers, bloggers and publishers, this conversation series of The Creative Womxn Hookup is for you!! For this session we will be unpacking and digging deeper into the writing and publishing industry with a panel of amazing womxn who are thriving in their respective fields. The event is happening on Saturday, 31 August at 27 Boxes in Melville.
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Koleka Putuma is an award-winning poet, playwright and theatre director.
Her bestselling debut collection of poems Collective Amnesia has taken the South African literary scene by storm. Since its publication in April 2017, the book is in its 9th print run and has been prescribed for study at tertiary level in South African Universities and Gothenburg University in Sweden. It was recently awarded the 2018 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry Collective Amnesia. The collection was also named 2017 book of the year by the City Press and one of the best books of 2017 by The Sunday Times and Quartz Africa. It has been translated into Spanish and released in Madrid by Flores Rara. A German translation is forthcoming from Wunderhorn Publishing House later this year, and a Danish translation will be published by Rebel with a Cause in Denmark in 2020
Putuma was recently appointed as creative director for the 2019 Design Indaba Conference, She is a Forbes Africa Under 30 Honoree, recipient of the Imbewu Trust Scribe Playwrighting Award, Mbokodo Rising Light award, CASA playwrighting award and the 2019 Distell Playwrighting Award for her play No Easter Sunday for Queers, which will also be published by Junketts later this year.
Danielle Bowler is a culture writer and editor and the former Managing Editor of ELLE Magazine. Born in KwaZulu Natal and now based in Johannesburg, she writes on the intersections of popular culture, art, music, race, gender and feminism and has bylines in Mail & Guardian, Eyewitness News, Cosmopolitan, ELLE South Africa, Africa is a Country and Superbalist, among other publications. Danielle is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and 2017 YALI fellow, and has an essay in 'Feminism Is', a collection of writing by South African feminists.
Danielle is currently the Contributing Culture Editor for New Frame, and a freelancer on multiple creative projects.
Upile Chisala is a storyteller from Malawi and a graduate of the University of Oxford. She is known for her short and powerful poems. Chisala recently signed a three-book publishing deal with US based publishing house Andrews McMeel. soft magic (2015/2019) is her first collection of poetry and prose. She was among the 2019 Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 list. Chisala been featured in several publications to name a few Okay Africa, Huffington Post, Elle SA, Essence, Glamour and more. She lives in Johannesburg.
Maneo Refiloe Mohale is a South African editor, feminist writer and poet. Her work has appeared in various local and international publications, including Jalada, Prufrock, The Beautiful Project, The Mail & Guardian, The New York Times, i-D, spectrum.za, and others. She was the 2016 Bitch Media Global Feminism Writing Fellow, where she wrote on various topics, including race, media, queerness and survivorship.
In 2017, she was Managing Editor of Platform Media, served as Acting Arts Editor for the Mail and Guardian for four editions of M&G Friday and later moved on to be a Senior Media Co-ordinator for Arts and Culture at Collective Media.
She has been longlisted twice for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Award, and her debut anthology of poetry, Everything is a Deathly Flower will be published with uHlanga in September 2019.
Zethu Zulu - Writer, Copy Editor & Postgrad Literature Student
Zethu began her writing career almost 10 years ago at the Wits campus radio station, Vow FM. After graduating with a BA in English & Media Studies, she worked at Eyewitness News and eNCA as an online and news writer, respectively. She then moved to print media where she worked as a copy editor for Bona Magazine. That was followed by a tenure at True Love magazine as chief copy editor. She’s also worked closed with Corium Skincare as branded media content producer. Currently, Zethu is completing her Honours degree in English Literature, with a keen interest in feminist theory and women representations in fiction. She’s also fascinated by how brands use language to mass market their services.
Mercia Tucker is the owner and editor of The Plug magazine. She began writing for The Plug when the publication launched, was announced as editor in November 2018 and took over ownership of the online publication in May 2019, exactly three years after its launch.
With the focus of the publication being that of hip hop and urban culture, her writing has reflected this.
Described by Siya Metane of Slikouronlife, he said “she has raised the level of documenting South African hip hop by dissecting both the music and the context.” Mercia currently resides in Johannesburg.