Johannesburg in Poetry: A Call For Submissions

Does Joburg talk to you?

Does Jozi shout at you?

Does Egoli sing to you?

Does Joeys swear at you?

Do you love it or hate it enough to put your feelings into a poem?

Have you already written a poem you wish to publish?

Botsotso will be publishing a volume of poetry about Johannesburg that will allow our stanzas to express the spirit, the bricks and mortar and the histories and herstories that make up our richest and dirtiest city.

Mine dump or not, it has redefined urban space in Africa.

Poems in all South African languages will be considered.

The anthology will be edited by Mike Alfred (editor of Twelve plus One – interviews with 13 Joburg poets) and Allan Kolski Horwitz, from the Botsotso editorial board.

Please email all contributions to:; Cell 064 005 6201; Postal: Eventide 25 Atlantic Rd, Muizenberg 7945 and

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Myesha Jenkins – Tribute

Botsotso would like to pay homage to Myesha Jenkins, the poet and promoter of poetry who died on Saturday, 05 September 2020. Myesha was a founder member of Feelah Sistah, the all-woman poetry group that in its time made such an impact. Thereafter, she was indefatigable in organising and strengthening poetry platforms on radio and for live performance/readings. Myesha’s work was included in two Botsotso productions – the anthology Isis X and the recording Roots and Branches. Her spirit as a politically conscious, jazz-loving artist lives on and is well expressed in her seminal poem Autobiography which was included in both these projects.

Click here to read Autobiography, a poem by Myesha Jenkins.

A Call for Submissions: Johannesburg in Poetry