uHlanga's stable of new South African voices is growing. Today we are thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of three debut collections from exceptional young women: Koleka Putuma, Rosa Lyster, and Francine Simon.
Lyster's collection, Modern Rasputin, comes out late-November 2016. Simon's collection, Thungachi, is slated for release in February 2017. Putuma's as-yet-untitled book will be out in April 2017.
Rosa Lyster (b. 1984) is a writer born in Durban. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Cape Town, and works as a staff writer at Prufrock, and as contributor to the Sunday Times, the Hairpin, Casimir and Between 10 and 5. Her poems have appeared in the uHlanga magazine, the Toast, and elsewhere. She writes an essay a week on her website, rosalyster.com. Follow her on Twitter at @rosalyster.
Francine Simon (b. 1990) grew up in Durban. Her poetry has been published widely in South African magazines and anthologies. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the University of Stellenbosch. Her debut reading will take place at David Krut Projects on 18 August 2016, with Stephen Symons. She will also be appearing at the uHlanga showcase at the McGregor Poetry Festival on 27 August. Follow her on Twitter at @WriterGirlRose.
Koleka Putuma (b. 1993) is a director, writer and performance poet. In 2014, she became South Africa's first national slam poetry champion. Her poem "Water" won her the PEN SA Student Writing Award (video below). Her plays – which include UHM and Mbuzeni – resulted in a nomination for the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Directors at the annual Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards in 2015. She is currently a resident poet and creative director of poetry collective Lingua Franca, and the co-founder of The Papercut Collective theatre company. Follow her on Twitter at @KPutuma.
We are exceptionally proud to have all three writers on board with uHlanga. Expect more news about each collection as their release dates approach.