joe-ntloana-south-africaJoe Ntloana, Sotho-speaking Joe was born and raised in Bloemfontein, Free State. As a young man he drew inspiration to write watching young men return from initiation schools and listening to their poetry. Joe currently works at PACOFS (Performing Artists of the Free State) and has coordinated and performed in various events, including two editions of the Free State Poetry Villa, which aims at showcasing local aspiring poets and writers, praising at an event marking 16 Days of Activism Against Woman and Child Abuse.

He is currently involved with Coca-Cola Confessions Poetry and the HIV/AIDS Awareness Project.