Tshiamo Malatji is a young poet reciting in Bloemfontein. He currently co-curates the Bloem Youth Poetry Project, which includes a variety of poetry competitions, workshops and performances. He is thoroughly inspired by the various local art scenes he has experienced.
He describes his poetry as an independent tree – even though it has roots, it chooses to grow its own branches. His major motivation for writing is the enriching experience of expression. Tshiamo’s poetry journey began in 2015, when he was selected to represent Vocal Revolutionaries at the 2015 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam.
Since then, he has performed on prominent stages in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. His slam victories include the CSP Free State Provincial Slam (2016 & 2017) and the Free State Literature Festival Poetry Slam (2016, 2017 & 2018). He also competed in the 2016 CSP National Slam and the 2017 Cape Town Poetry Slam.