Mandi Vundla is the founder of Poetry Zone ZA — a poetry development agency focused on improving the quality of spoken word poetry in South Africa. Vundla is an educator, mentor and curator, in addition to being a poet. One word at a time, she addresses how poetry is perceived and consumed, and how the youth engage with it.
Vundla’s work allows her to express her own journey and future ambitions. “I use poetry to confront the physiological and psychological limitations and expectations imposed on me by the world, as a black woman born and brewed in the township.”
These poems, which Vundla created for her own personal resolve, have expanded beyond comprehensible reach and have created hope and a home for the communities that encounter her work.
“Do not aspire to write poetry. Become the poem.”