Poet Profile: Luleka Mhlanzi

Luleka Mhlanzi | May 6th, 2022 | poet profile | No Comments

Luleka Mhlanzi, author of Confiscated Identity is a South African published and performing poet, actress, creative writer and youth facilitator based in Pietermaritzburg.

She is an agent for change and her footprint is spotted in various African youth change programs such as Gold Peer Education, Enke Youth Forum, PACSA, and Activate Change Drivers. She is currently a youth programmes facilitator at Heartnet where she also curates poetry sessions, volunteers monthly at the Institute of Afrikology as a youth facilitator and co-hosts Bambolunye Poetry Spell at the Mazisi Kunene Museum. 

She has been appointed as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young people in 2021 and has done commission work on a global campaign; A Letter To Nature for C40 Climate Leadership Group. Mhlanzi has recently been nominated internationally for a Women Of Inspiration Award 2022 by Universal Women’s Network. 

Luleka established a project called Beauty Revised that responds to the stereotype about beauty standards set by society. Growing up she was bullied about her dark skin colour and was deemed ugly. This project seeks to instil a return of confidence in little girls and women excluded by society.

As a poet, she has written, read and performed for national and international festivals like Poetry Africa, Artfluence, JazzIfact, Poets You Should Know (Kenya), SA Women’s Arts Festival, 7th African Women Writers’ Symposium, UMzimkhulu Tourism Festival, Poet In A Suit, No-One’s Enemy, No-Ones Victim, Maritzburg Film and Arts Festival, Ramsgate Book and Arts Festival, Burton Naidoo In Concert, Songs And Poems of Love and more.

Her poems; Living Black, Fearful Gods, Much Better, Behind The Apron and Dancing The Pandemic Away have been published by Austin International Poetry Anthology (USA), Papertrail Literary Journal(SA) Sunday Independent newspaper(SA) and by Poetry Potion (SA)

As an actress, Luleka starred in an international and award-winning short film; The Beast, directed by Samantha Nell (SA) and Michael Wahrmann(Brasil) and in a music video; Thando Uyini Na by Nomangungu(SA) directed by Nontobeko Nazo

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