Zizipho Bam

Zizipho Bam is a South African poet, copywriter, and visual storyteller. Born in 1996, the award-winning poet creates work that seeks to heal. Using the body and its experience as inspiration, she reimagines longing, loss, and love and turns her stories into works of art.

Bam has participated in and won various slam competitions including Word n Sound and Poetry Africa. Her poetry has graced online audiences in the United States of America, Sweden, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, and at home. She has published in collections like Yesterdays and Imagining Realities: An Anthology for South African Poetry, Woven with Brown Thread, New Coin, The Jack Journal, and New Contrast.

Bam also holds the 2020 New Coin Prize for her poem “Learning to swim” and the 2021 New Contrast National Poetry Prize for her poem “Silence in Church”.