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.
NANCY KILI’s prose poetry explodes with unbridled reason and scintillating rhythm. The marrow of her stanzas carries the women vigor, bravery and motherly wisdom. Simplified verses are pregnant with wit and promise. The poet cum girl child advocate cum humanitarian is an artistic combatant commanding her pen from within poetic trenches to free women from yokes of historical vagaries and unchain the girl child from shackles of cultural stereotypes. Keli wields her double sharpened pen to spit the venom of sanity against the hard sandy apparitions of century aged chauvism and barbarism. Her verses are a concoction of dictionary simplicity, reason, truth and reason. Aluta Continua! Happy great 2020(WOMAWORDS Chief Editor).
Her words echoed in my ears. The world slowed down, everything around me started going in slow motion. I looked at her and my whole life flashed in front of me. It spiraled around me as thoughts flowed in and out of my mind. My body felt numb; I lost all the feelings on my fingertips. I could feel anger settling down in my stomach, and I could feel the despair fill up until my throat. I was falling backwards or maybe it was the drugs? Her voice ran along my body, I couldn’t hear it any longer. I loved this state of ecstasy, but she couldn’t be a part of it, she couldn’t ruin just another thing that brought me happiness. Diane had to go.
The griot in Jamie Dedes is dare –daring. The tone as accompanied with the granite rock verbiage is sarcastic but riotous. The poet cum fighter for social justice and trench soldier for political inclusion turns poetry pages into battle fields, racists are jabbed by defiant swords of satire. Poetry Spaces are poetry washed into oxymoronic fields of peace, corrupt landlords, warlords and tyrants are roasted by flames of metaphor. Dedes irony exorcise political demons and rattles the grip of economic dare-devils as her hyperbolic versifications remind egoistic , unrepentant chauvinistic forces , it’s time to balance the state of affairs , in villages , in drinking clubs , in religious societies and state officialdoms . The griot is a singer of truth against segregation, against historical vagaries and political vulgar. A griot cum poet cum truth evangelist and humanitarian. Jamie Dedes is a publisher of digital poetry spaces, human rights defender and Literary Arts Projects Catalyst. Dedes is currently the official Mbizo Chirasha Exile Situation International and Press Campaign Manager – ( WOMAWORDS PRESS Chief Editor).
My stint in the Copper belt province , Kitwe sanguaged between Congo and Lusaka inside the creative and blessed country of Zambia. I met great, unique, aspiring and established literary voices. One amazing voice is Mable Chama , a budding poet , actor , writer and a graduate of educational studies from a top Zambian Teachers College .Chama was ardent in her participation to 2019 Sotambe Festival Master Classes that included , film , social media diplomacy and Live literature Hub activities . The poet in Chama yearns for a great society , her poetry touches much on human life , survival , societal and spiritual issues .Her artistry carries with it rays and flames of boldness and the quest to find answers about life or in life . The poet is a resilient fighter for liberation of downtrodden voices . It was great meeting such voices like Chama and other youthful voices yearning for truth, peace and harmony in Africa and beyond - Curator of WOMAWORDS
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 proverbial “eureka moment” happened rather late in life. While I am a writer-journalist by profession, I’ve had several punctuations, as it were, in my life as a daughter, mother and wife; as a woman. While I was engaged in all of these roles as most women are, I had forgotten my identity as an individual. One day, when the much-required brick fell on my head, I woke up to the realization that my core creative passions were gathering cobwebs in the closet. That was when I gave myself a tangible purpose. Conceptually, Gallerie’s perspective rose out of all the interests I had nurtured in my youth. When I initiated the journal in 1997, I did not have a clue who my readers would be. Today, after 18 years, I realize my readers are “the curious”. They have been reading and collecting Gallerie for the treasures we have unearthed and shared.” Bina Sarkar Ellias - Poet , Accomplished Writer , publisher and the Gallerie Editor at Large.
Her writings are pregnant with African emotion and spiritual resonance. She writes of her kindred, WOMEN with a bold spirit and an aura of sisterly stubbornness. Her pen jives on page leaves like a rock rabbit dancing to earthly acoustics of wind ,tree branches and discordant village songs .Ndeke’s poetry is the tenor of deep …
Author Omwa Ombara is a highly rated newscaster, trailblazing writer, published author and an internationally acclaimed journalist. Her pen breathes an energy packed message of peace .Her ink bathes crevices of African disunity with a motherly vigor. Her poetry washes the dirty laundry of Africa with that grandmotherly touch. She wields her sickle of peace, her pen to whip the unwanted grass of war, xenophobia, banditry and afrophobia from the African Savanah. Her imagery weeps with the peace starved and hungry children of Juba. Her metaphors sob with war torn mothers in Khartoum. Ombara dreams of African poetry nation, where poets will take up their ink loaded guns their pens to bring back Africa, African Ubuntu, human rights, freedom of expression and equality. It is great meeting you Comrade Sister Author Omwa Ombara, thank you for agreeing to be part of #mypennameistrailblazer. Your latest poem A DIRGE OF HOPE FOR SUDAN is mind raving.