UJ Arts & Culture poetry students’ production, The Blues will start the evening followed by readings by the Top 5 WordNSound poets. Performances also include poetry students Terrance Valaysha and Thama Khumunalo and professionals Mandi Vundla and Phillippa Yaa De Villiers.
Mandi Vundla is a Soweto born writer with a blood line that runs through KZN. The Co-editor of ‘Home Is Where The Mic Is’: an international poetry anthology of performance poets reshaping the face of poetry post 1994. The undefeated two time Word N Sound poetry slam champ has been working actively in the Poetry Scene for last seven years.
Phillippa Yaa Devilliers
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers writes, performs and teaches Creative Writing at Wits University, Johannesburg. Her poetry collections are Taller than buildings (2006) and The everyday wife (2010, winner of the South African Literary Prize in 2011), and ice- cream headache in my bone (August 2017). She co-edited No Serenity Here, an anthology of African poetry translated into Mandarin. (2010). She serves on the Editorial Board of the African Poetry Book Fund and has read and performed at poetry festivals in Germany, Denmark, UK, Cuba, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Ghana. Her work is translated into French, Dutch, Flemish, Burmese, Mandarin, Italian, German and Spanish.