Mbali Vilakazi is an award-winning South African poet, performer, curator and speaker.

Her dynamic style and collaborative approach is intentionally experimental. Seeking to expand the language of text, her work is concerned with exploring a socially engaged, multi-disciplinary performance poetry aesthetic. She aims to create cutting edge work that renegotiates the way in which poetry is experienced.

Her awards include a silver medal for South Africa at the 2009 Delphic Games, a gold medal at the 2012 NPR poetry games and an Mbokodo Women in Arts Award 2015 for Poetry. She believes what is sacred is worth protecting.