Siphokazi Jonas

Poet - Cape Town
Siphokazi Jonas


Siphokazi Jonas holds a Masters degree in English literature, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and English. As a writer, performer and poet, she has written, produced, and performed in three one-woman poetry shows: “Poetry Under the Stars,” “Wrestling with Dawn,” and “Conspiracy Theory” (staged at the Joburg Theatre).

In March 2016, she produced and performed in a multi-genre theatre production, “Around the Fire,” at the Artscape Spiritual Festival. The original production was written and composed with the collective, 12 Years A Band.

Jonas has been a featured act in the Inzync Poetry Sessions, Expression Session Kuilsriver, Grounding Sessions, Jam that Session, Artsemble, Open Book slam, and the Joburg Theatre CSP Open Sessions. She is was crowned as the first Cape Town Ultimate Slam Champion in 2015. She has also featured at the Open Book Festival and the Word and Sound International Youth Festival. In August 2016, Jonas made history as the first African poet to perform at Rhetoric, the world's largest Christian spoken word event, in Los Angeles, California. Her poem, MamBhele’s Harvest was selected as the runner up of the prestigious 2016 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.


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