TUMELO MTIMKHULU is a South African writer, poet and visual artist born in Germiston, Johannesburg on the 29th of May 2001. He is currently studying towards a degree in Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg. He started performing poetry under the pseudonym of LyriQ(pronounced Lyric) in the year 2017, at the age of 16. He is a published poet, having been in the top 10 of the 50 featured poets in the 2020 Corona’cles Poetry Anthology.
At just 19 years of age, Mtimkhulu is a recipient of the Athol Williams award for the year 2019 at the 2020 WordNSound Awards. He has performed at a number of places, namely: August House, Victoria Yards, The Market Theatre, AGOG gallery, P.O.P Art Theatre, Con Cowan Theatre and Jo’burg Theatre. He has opened and was part of ‘A Ballad for Broken Boys’, which was a poetry showcase at the Jo’burg Theatre in which he shared the stage with Thuthukani Myeza and Solly Ramatswi. Mtimkhulu has been a frequent attendant of the WordNSound Poetry League and World of Words poetry sessions. Also being in the top 10 for the year 2019 for both the WordNSound Poetry League and World of Words poetry slam.
In 2019 he was also part of the first-ever World of Words poetry picnic. Mtimkhulu came second in the 2019 edition of the annual Ekurhuleni Poetry Slam in the category for Best Narrative Poem. He is currently part of the 2020 Current State of Poetry class, which is facilitated at the Jo’burg Theatre. Current State of Poetry is an educational programme that aims to equip young poets with writing, performance and business skills.