Koleka Putuma is an award-winning poet, playwright and theatre director. Her bestselling debut collection Collective Amnesia is taking the South African literary scene by storm. Published in 2017, the book is currently on its tenth print run. The recipient of the 2018 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, the collection was named 2017 book of the year by the City Press and one of the best books of 2017 by the Sunday Times and Quartz Africa. Koleka was recently shortlisted as one of four finalists for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative for theatre. Koleka Putuma is the founder and director of Manyano Media, a multidisciplinary creative company that produces and champions the work and stories of black queer artists and queer life.
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