myesha-jenkins-9south-africaActivist, writer and performer Myesha Jenkins, was born in the United States, and currently lives in Johannesburg where she has worked and resided since 1993.

Jenkins has been visible on the Johannesburg poetry scene for the past fifteen years. Her work has appeared in various publications, including the 2009 South African poetry anthology, We are(edited by 2010 Poetry Africa participant, Natalia Molebatsi), Isis X, an anthology of twelve South African women poets published in 2005, and the 2009 issue of the literary arts journal, Baobab..

Jenkins’ collection Breaking the Surface (2005) has sold over 1200 copies. Jenkins is also co-founder of the all-female Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective, as well as the Jozi House of Poetry monthly sessions.

Jenkins has performed at the National Arts Festival, in Babel at a poetry intervention for the International Summit on Arts and Culture and at the Jozi Spoken Word Festival. In 2010, Jenkins collaborated with other poets and musicians to produce Body of Words at the Market Theatre Laboratory.

Initiated by Jenkins, Playing with Words is a workshop concept to promote creativity and writing for girls and women. Jenkins has also conducted workshops for various organizations including People Opposed to Women Abuse (POWA) and Artscape.

Jenkins will launch her second collection of poetryFlight of Dreams during Poetry Africa, and is also co-editing South Africa’s first book of erotic poetry.

Jenkins says of writing: Poetry is the best part of my life. I love the space of writing – a timeless orgasmic space, usually full of surprises – and then of performing the work. I’ve truly found flying.