Look at yourself 

you have not died yet 

you are an unending revolution 

you are surviving loss


Busisiwe Mahlangu is a poet, performer, copywriter and dreamer from Mamelodi, Pretoria. She is the author of Surviving Loss, a poetry collection later adapted into theatre at the South African State Theatre Incubator program. She uses art as a medium for activism and holding space for transformative conversation.

As a trained performer and theatre-maker, she has shared her work in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Sweden, Eswatini, Nigeria and The USA. She was a writing Fellow At the International Writing Program (Iowa University) and the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (University of Johannesburg). She holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Africa.

Mahlangu was awarded the inaugural New Contrast SA National Poetry Prize (2020). In 2017 she won the Tshwane Speak Out Loud and was longlisted for The Sol Plaatje European Union Award. She hosts PoetsHubSA, a podcast powered by the National Poet Laureate Hub profiling poets. When she is not writing, she runs her business Busi Creates, making beaded jewellery.

My mother's mother has done this suffering for my mother 

My mother has done this suffering for me 

This is how I inherit a scar

Surviving Loss

In her poetry collection Surviving Loss, Busisiwe Mahlangu fights for breath and voice. The poems hold years of undoing silence. This collection built open doors and windows in places around a house that had none. To offer an escape or create a way into the house. With gentleness, trauma and pain are explored and stretched to find ways to heal.