Lee Mokobe

Lee Mokobe is a black non-binary poet, literary writer and editor, creative director and teaching artist from Khayelitsha,South Africa. Mokobe is the youngest TED Fellow and 6 time TED speaker and writer contributor. They have been awarded with an Adobe/Sundance Creative Catalyst award, Muhammed Ali Humanitarian award, Prince Claus Seed Award and the first African Brave New Voices Poetry Champion. Their works have been exhibited, performed and published in 5 continents in over 30 different countries. They have partnered with Adobe, Sundance, Twitter, Instagram, Gucci America, Hulu Pridefest as a human rights activist and performer. Their written works and editing have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Loud and Proud (LGBTQ Speeches that inspired the world), The Voices of the East Coast Anthology, The Smoke is Singing chapbook, Ted.com blog, Gucci America x Chimeforchange Zine and We Shall Not Be Moved Opera. As a queer activist they have headlined at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, NYC LGBT, Barclays center, Bronx River Art Center, Truth & Reconciliation Global Summit and Hulu Pridefest. Mokobe is a trained sangoma and gobela and spends their days writing in communion with their ancestors.