ABOUT

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I'm a poet and arts administrator living in Gaborone, Botswana.
I run Sauti A&PM a live literature company with a particular interest in poetry, spoken word, theatre, staged readings, text incorporating music and/or dance.

For something a little formal here is the story as my team prefers it -

TJ Dema is a poet who favours reading her work out loud and has done so in countries including but not limited to Germany, Zimbabwe, Colombia, India, USA, Scotland, Mexico, Brazil and France. She participated in Lancaster University’s Crossing Borders program and later mentored the all female team of national champions for the British Council’s 7 country Power in the Voice initiative.

She is an honorary fellow of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2012), former chairperson of the Writers Association of Botswana and runs Sauti A&PM - a Botswana based arts administration organization. 
For her work within Botswana’s literary community she was named an Arise Magazine African Changemaker (2013) and a St Louis Top 40 under 40 catalyst (2014). Her chapbook Mandible (2014) was published by Slapering Hol Press for the African Poetry Book Fund as part of the Seven New Generation African Poets.

Do have a look at this blog's READINGS page to catch dates for any upcoming workshops, live shows or readings.

Thank you for stopping by :-)
TJ
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If one were so inclined the chapbook box set can be ordered here