Siza Nkosi is a published poet, writer, lyricist, guitarist and a mother who has shared pages of her life-stories on stages with renowned poets and artists. She currently works as an IT Networking Specialist. Her journey as a poet and writer started in 2006, when she was discovered by Abdul Milazi – Editor of Sunday World – at her sister’s funeral. She wrote a poem to pay tribute to her sister at the back of the funeral programme and since then, she has never looked back and her love for poetry was unearthed.
She is currently co-ordinating two book clubs in Dube, Soweto where young people are afforded a space and platform to learn how to read and write their own stories. Siza’s poetry has grown from strength to strength, and has motivated her to become one of the first women to fuse poetry with the acoustic sounds of a guitar and explore the connection between poetry and jazz. She is the founding member of House of Siza, an NPO that seeks to change people’s lives through literature, and empower them to tell their stories in their own languages. She’s a resident poet for the MoFaya Poetry Movement,in Randburg, where poets meet every quarter to share and connect with others. She is also a member of Divulge – a creative space for artists to share, connect and network on their projects. In 2007, she was one of the finalists in the international poet of the year competition in Michigan, USA. In 2013, she was part of the Spoken Word Project that was organised under the auspices of Goethe Institute – Johannesburg, where ten South African poets showcased their spoken word skills and engaged audiences in a torrent of words and stories. She also took part in the 2012 and 2014 Polokwane Literary Festival and 2014 Northern Cape Literary Festival as well as the Vhembe International Poetry Festival in 2015. Her work has been published in the Timbila Journal, the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology for 2014 and other online poetry journals; She’s written articles featured in magazines like Urban Tymes California and has recently shared her poetry on Poetry in the air on SAfm with Myesha Jenkins. Her work has also been recently featured in Poetry Potion’s 21 Poets project that used poetry to track the story of South Africa, 21 years after democracy.
The texture and quality of her work is informed by real life experiences and stories that narrate the realities of people around her. Since education is her passion, she has to enrolled with UNISA for a law degree (LLB). She is currently working on her debut collection of poems which will be published in the last quarter of 2015.
Her poem, “Try Not To Mourn”, is featured in The #Coinage Book One.
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