Siphokazi Jonas

Siphokazi Jonas holds an MA degree in English Literature as well as an undergraduate degree in Drama and English. As writer and performer, she has produced multiple one-woman poetry shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Jonas has been a featured act at numerous poetry sessions and festivals around the country. Her experience with spoken word and performance has led to multiple invitations to judge poetry slam competitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg. She is co-producer of the #WeAreDyingHere short film which is an adaptation of the stage production of the same name, which she co-wrote and directed.

Siphokazi has also performed alongside renowned musicians including, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Freshlyground, Pops Mohamed, Dizu Plaatjies, Dave Reynolds. She made history in

2016 as the first African poet ever to perform at Rhetoric in Los Angeles, California, the biggest Christian spoken word event in the world. In 2016, she was the runner-up for the Sol Plaatje European Union Award. She was a Teaching Assistant at UCT from 2015-2017, and she lectured part-time on South African literature and isiXhosa oral poetry. She is the English Poetry Editor for the New Contrast journal. She also works online as the Performing Arts Director of an elementary school in Gainesville, Florida.