HOKIS is Founder and Senior Editor of Headline. She believes in supporting a range of voices at various stages of their craft for this is the most impactful design of grassroots revolutions. She envisions Headline as a platform that exemplifies the beliefs that all poetry is political and reflection is essential to effectively reshape conversations and culture – for writers and readers alike.Beyond the boundless bounds of Headline, Hokis assists the local-to-her Moth-inspired storytelling project, regularly contributes to Reclamation Magazine and is a 2020 hall of fame-r with Woman Words Literary Press. Visit her personal workspace for links to published pieces and read in-progress drafts.
WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS features a global poetry maestro ,AGNES MARTON. Poet Marton's verses are digestible and are enriched with natural beat . The amazing dexterity is coupled with her inner-depth passion to the art of words.Her literary presentation and prowess delivery is revolutionary . While her poetic expression is simplified , though her audience should be always be ready to be jabbed by that mind spiking satire , sparked by rib rattling sarcasm and burnt by her heart -rending ambiguity . We pluck the ripe corn of inspiration from Poet Chronicler AGNES MARTON's writings and poesy.Among some of her greatest artistic accomplishments Writer MARTON is the Editor of the Ofi Press in Mexico City. "RESILIENCE IS OUR MASTER KEY"-( WOMAWORDS CHIEF EDITOR)
Mhangami introduces a new and unique story writing style. The story titled "Please leave your Shoes at the door" is candid and bold.All her artistic presentations are characterized by traces of boldness and streaks of bravery. She is a voice worth reading ,learning and listening . Mhangami is armed with creative resilience and artistic steadfastness to empower women as she also advocates for the rights of the girl child through creativity platforms and social digital spaces. Mhangami is our Sisters Keeper. Read , enjoy and comprehend this unique story by our bold and brave Comrade Barbara Mhangami -Ruwende- Curator of WOMAWORDS.
“Literature is the creative imagination expressed through both written and spoken word.As a poet and an author I strongly believe that literature is an open boundary to express our feelings with much more freedom and a formula to connect the mind, spiritual being, the inner self, the physical being and the outside world.Through literature our pens grounding and word of mouth speak for us.It is very important as literature pen grounds and spoken words to voice out for the voiceless, be advocates, unearth and preserve literature from grassroots level. poetry is educational, therapeutic and recreational” Mighty Ntshwambi.
The fact that the poet only has few resources and means is still the case even now. To poetry they scarcely are available and for that reason alone it occupies such an exceptional place among all forms of art. Because well thought through and considered, he only has a pen, a pencil, ballpoint pen, fountain pen and piece of paper. Although the latter is also replaced by the computer, but many poets still write their verses by hand, on paper. While the first sounds come from a musical instrument, from a string, a violin, a drum by giving it a slap, or gently pressing a key, pulling a string and on canvas all the first colours appear on canvas by applying a layer of paint with a brush or directly from the tube, this is not the case when writing. Nothing resonates yet. Nothing is really visible or audible yet. Apart from the fact that the poet has to struggle through all layers of his thinking and ability to reach a creative stage, in word, image and sound, his material is scanty, against the poor. It can be said again and again that poetry by whom it is practiced is particularly difficult and that those who continue to persevere in their attempts to give the language wings, resonance with readers and listeners. It is a huge effort with few resources. Yet there are many poets around the world who are intensively involved in writing poems in all forms, classical and modern, and something in between. The language also has many possibilities in expression, closed and open poems, difficult and easily accessible. And it is always worthwhile to take those words to you, reading in silence or aloud. The poems glide past like a sailing ship over the edge of the globe, the distance, the horizon and disappear into an inimitable low point, vanishing point to return later. The poems fly up like an eagle from a rock point that skims over a lake and extends its wings to unprecedented distances. The poems sometimes come to you as a pet, pet animal, looking for confirmation in the form of a pat or caress. The dimensions are innumerable. Everything is possible in this modern age. Every form, mixed forms, collages collecting different language expressions and images on a single page. There is a lot to be said for innovations and new challenges. But I would also like to see that the classical forms are not forgotten, and the craftsmanship of the poem is given back to the complex
The African poetic royal blood flows within her. She carries African proverbs in her DNA. Her verses are simple but deep. Okpeh carries the love for Africa and its people in her bosom .Her pen is a smoking mouth speaking of African cradles and Africa’s ancient philosophies. Star is a brightening star .The granddaughter of …
The Poetic Tigress of Naijaland. Ngozi Olivia Osuoha is a trendsetting author with her several verses spewed from her gun loaded with satire and paradox. Behold her pen is mightier than the sword. She is truly trailblazing with more than seven publications and a litany of writings archived across the globe. She is published both offline and online in more 100 spaces. The poet pen slinger scribe rise with giant footsteps of the defiant sun every dawn wielding her writer's hoe ,her pen to serenade the earth with her well cultivated thoughts that later germinate into books that feed our hungry minds with nutritious ingredients of literary consciousness . Her amazingbooks will be exhibited in the forthcoming #mypennameistrailblazer journal-Mbizo Chirasha( Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS)
Poetry has given me a voice, removed me from the shadows, a voice beyond my speech, the ability to talk without opening my mouth but making my presence felt, using my fingerprint through ink and words to show that I am here, I was here Poetry has given me a sense of self, my words are mine and they are valid no matter what the critical eye says, it is my view conveyed in ink splashed by me in my true colors, nothing more nothing less open to whatever interpretation, my part done, words released to the universe to be absorbed Poetry has given me influence, influence in the reader, to taste and savor my the words, spiced with the different colors of ink, a reflection of what was yesterday, what is today and what could be tomorrow. Poetry has given me a new family, a family of wordsmiths, new friends, no questions asked, only unconditional acceptance of who I am and want to be, critiquing is always positive for growth
MILLICENT YEDWA was born in the small mining town of Bindura in 1994. Her childhood years were spent in another small mining town called Mvuma. Shaped by small and intimate spaces her work aims to produce the same effect. She seeks to create an intimate distance between her work and its readers. She holds a B.A Hons in English from the University of Zimbabwe (2017). Her work is interested in the nuances of displacement, what it does to the mind of those who go and to those who stay, the destabilization of the relations as a result of movement. She is also interested in investigating through her poetry the nature of a country that would trigger such an exodus. Her work centers on these themes but is not limited to them. She is currently in the process of compiling her first collection of poetry
Chisakula’s poem HER PLACE portrays the day to day disparities experienced by the feminine gender race under the grip of patriarchal stereotypes and traditional vagaries .The poem reveals the burden of women and girls as they remain underdogs in African homes even in this current epoch of global village and modern society. The poet and the poem seeks to inform the world of women relegated to peripheral roles of feeding and polishing lives of men. Over and above sexually , emotionally and physically abused . Women’s value and societal standing have been overlooked and underrated. Chisakula is an advocate of girl child voices through her literary and poetic guns.