Monday, December 14, 2015

TOP TEN BOTSWANA POETRY ADVOCATES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS 2014-2015


To begin with, as any list not using an agreed upon metrics etc, this list is subjective . It is also heavily weighted in favour of those whose efforts I'm aware of. Botswana has no proper networks, no main centres of poetry, most people are still new to the internet or have unreliable access, there is little to no translation of work etc and therefore I am certain there are folks working hard, in languages I don't speak, or away from the cities, main towns and their presses and therefore they may not appear on this list. For these reasons and more, the list is ...incomplete and you can add names in the comments section with a few words on the individual you believe should appear on this list

The below appear in no particular order:

Lauri Kubuitsile (festival/event reviews, book review/s, columnist & blogger)
Legodile Seganabeng & Poetavango (poet, festival organiser & chair, Maun based activists)
Leshie Lovesong (poet, singer/songwriter who has extended her audience to outside our borders)
Drea Chuma (poet, initiator of Christian poetry festival)
Gofa Nfila (literary event logistics for SAUTI Arts)
Moroka Moreri (published and oral poet, Setswana columnist)
Mandisa Mabuthoe (poet, programming within the Maitisong festival & for SAUTI Arts)
One Rabantheng & Phondo Dikgomo (the now defunct "words" slot on GabzFM  every Wednesday)
Thato Ntshabele & the Poets Passport team (poets, hosts of a regularly staged show)
SAUTI Arts and Performance Management (as the boss I know how hard the team works to manage poets all year round, map out trajectories, set up a poetry reading room in the city's public library, mentorship and workshop facilitation, record poets and host live literature events)


Lists are only that. They in no way nullify the work of those working quietly away from the national spotlight but this list attempts to highlight the sweat of those working in this often unforgiving landscape of late or no funding, inconsistent or last minute ticket buyers, no infrastructure etc. 
Here's to you and yours, and here's to 2016.

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