malika-ndlovu---south-africaMALIKA LUEEN NDLOVU who was born in 1971 in Durban , is a poet, playwright, performing artist and arts project manager. She has had a wide range of experience in the Arts and Arts Management arenas and operates New Moon Ventures, regularly performing her poetry and creating indigenous multi-media works in line with her personal motto "healing through creativity".

She has two of her own poetry anthologies, Born in Africa But and Womb to World:A Labour of Love , and her work has been featured in several local and international publications, including Slaves at the Cape: A guidebook for beginner researchers(The Slavery and Heritage Project, University of Cape Town, 2000), Agenda's (Women's Empowerment Project ) 50th Anniversary Issue (2001), City in Words(David Philip Publishers, 2001), The New Century of South African Poetry edited by Michael Chapman (AD Donker Publishers, 2002) and most recently in Rootz Magazine (Uhuru Communications CC, 2003),Feminist Studies Journal , Special Issue on South African feminists and writers (University of Maryland, USA, 2003), andVoices of the Transition: Perspectives on the Politics, Poetics and Practices of Development in the new South Africa (Isandla Institute Commemorative Book Project 2002-2004).

 

(Routledge & UCT Press ,1999). She is a founder-member of Cape Town-based women writers' collective WEAVE, and co-editor of their multi-genre anthology WEAVE's Ink @ Boiling Point: A selection of 21st Century Black Women's writing from the Southern Tip of Africa.

 

She recently joined The Mothertongue Project, a collective of women performing artists, writers and visual artists, scripting for their highly successful Grahamstown Festival 2004 production - Uhambo!: Pieces of a Dream . She has also initiated the And The Word Was Woman Ensemble of 14 local performance poets, bringing together established Cape Town writers and fresh writing talents.