Biography

Vuyelwa Maluleke, is a Joburg based Spoken Word Artist, Personal Essayist, Scriptwriter, and Actor. A South African Black Woman writing to, about and from Black womanhood’s in English; a purposeful attempt to re-insert herself and her Blackness into a language that has sought to pronounce her inaccurately, misshape her in a way that scatters her off her mother and her Blackness. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Witwatersrand. Her beginnings are rooted in Slam culture and style, an education which has shaped her imagination of sentence, space, class, race, gender and the performance of rage and silence. The result being that the bulk of her work is shared through performance as she believes that Performance Poetry allows for the urgent and soft communion between audience and Story. She has travelled around the world performing at literary festivals and facilitating writing and performance workshops.

She was shortlisted for the Brunel University African Poetry in 2014 , and is the author of a chapbook  ‘THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE’. She is the winner of the Word and Sound 2015 Poetry league competition a joburg poetry stage that has been the home of a wide range of voices. She has been featured on various platforms, these include Poetry Africa 2018, TEDxSoweto 2013, with poems featured in Elsewhere literary journal-October 2015, Ja magazine-2016. Maluleke is the author of Personal Essays, visual series and poems on mablemablemable.com that are written around the notion of body as a collage of traumas, inherited loneliness and estrangements. In these essays she explores the idea of body as the result of history, or country, or hoarded sicknesses. The memories are retold and interpreted using prose and poetry. She has an essay in the recent publication of Selves:An Afro Anthology of creative non-fiction 2018.

She is the co-creator of the choreopoem NO ONE WANTS A BLACK WOMAN WITH A MOUTH , whose successful theatre production is detailed telling of episodes within Black girlhood and womanhood. The work revisits the manner in which Black Women’s bodies, childhoods, ambitions and lives are managed and broken into until they die from the repeated revising of selves. The choreopoem is arranged using poetry, multimedia, physical theatre, music and multimedia. Maluleke describes her work as an attempt to archive, retell, and give name to the personal experience of her Blackness and Womanness, and those of the women she has seen or loved.