Poet Mzansi in search of African poems


Award-winning South African poet and author Nontlantla Mthimkulu says she is looking for poems by Africans to publish in an African anthology called My Mental Health Book 1 African Poetry Collection.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & StyleMthimkulu, who is also a member of Art for Transformation and Civic Engagement, said she believes there is healing between the lines of poetry.

“I am in the process of compiling an African anthology and I need poets from African countries to contribute to this anthology titled My Mental Health Book 1 African Poetry Collection when it comes to mental health awareness,” she said.

“I believe that African poets have voices that also need to be heard through their creation.”

Mental health advocate and founder of Feed A Mind Foundation, Mthimkulu said you have to stay authentic to write and not get lost.

“I used to face challenges to be authentic with my writing. As poets, we are exposed to other poets and their writing styles, because there are styles of writing as poet that you will like and who are different from yours,” she said.

Mthimkulu said artists should see art as it is and respect it so that other people can also respect both the art and the artist.

Her work has been featured in a global mental health awareness anthology titled let the light in.

She also released a short story titled Blind but not blinded which is available on Amazon and his writings have been featured in a Ubuntu Poetry Collection compiled by African poets.

“I got published on the FunDza Literacy Trust and my Poem-on-Poem Hunters received a four-star rating on Amazon,” she said.

“I am also the founder of My Mental Health Global Program, which earned me a nomination for the Global Start Up Awards 2021 and MAMA Best Movement Nominee 2021/22.”

Away from writing, Mthimkulu, who is a psychotherapist by profession, is involved in pageantry and she was recently crowned runner-up for Miss Lejweleputswa 2021.

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