This category celebrates published writers and performance poets utilising deep creative imagination and originality. It recognises poets who demonstrate commitment to promoting this art form in a variety of platforms.

Myesha Jenkins

Myesha Jenkins integrates life experience into concise, witty poetry that provokes and inspires. Visible in the Johannesburg poetry scene for the last ten years, she launched her second collection, Dreams of Flight at the UKZN’s International Festival in 2011. Her work has been featured in We are (ed. Natalia Molebatsi, Penguin 2009), Isis X (Botsotso Publishing 2005), and Baobab Journal.  She co-founded the all-female, Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective and Jozi House of Poetry monthly sessions. She also contributed to the Arts for Humanity’s Children’s Rights Exhibit, collaborating with the visual artist, Louise Almond.

Natalia Molebatsi

Natalia Molebatsi is an internationally acclaimed spoken word poet and writer who has performed her poetry internationally often combining poetry with music. She has shared the stage with some of the world's leading luminaries like Alice Walker and Maya Angelou. Natalia facilitates workshops for high school and university students on human rights, sexuality, freedom of expression and poetry.  

Khadija Heeger

Khadija Heeger is a Cape Town based poet, writer and performer. Her writing has been characterized as stark, unapologetic and moving. In 2007 she was commissioned to write a piece for the Spier Festival 2008 and she closed her performances to standing ovations. This piece, Stone Words, the first part in a trilogy called Separation Anxiety, travelled to Grahamstown Festival in 2009.  Heeger is currently writing the second part called Blood Words. She has performed on many and varied platforms, and her first poetry collection, Beyond the Delivery Room, was published in 2011.