MYESHA at a glance

button Warm and open personality
button Broad and diverse life experience
button Honest and straightforward
button Enjoys people
button Gender Activist
button Worked in Community Development for 20 years
button Dry sense of humour
button Provocative
button A networker, community builder, collaborator
button Immigrant
button Looks forward to “the new”
button Calm and gentle spirit
button Likes to talk and share – in conversation, on radio or TV, on the mic
button Responsive and engaged

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To Breathe Into Another Voice: A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry brings together the work of 45 South African poets reflecting on the experience of jazz in their lives.  In five sections, the book reveals some of the many impacts that this music has had:  The Power of Music, This Thing Called Jazz, They Make the Music, Some of Them Were Special and All About Living.

A first of its kind in the nation, this anthology features new writers as well as experienced poets, speaks equally in female and male voices, represents all of South Africa’s racial groups, with views from college students to pensioners, from Gauteng and Durban to Grahamstown and Cape Town. 

There is something for everyone here.


About Myesha

Myesha Jenkins is a poet and spoken word performer, known for her feminist outlook and a writing style that is open, descriptive, revealing and sometimes challenging.

In 2017 she edited the groundbreaking, To Breathe Into Another Voice: A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry, featuring the work of 45 poets, from all over the nation, writing about the impact of jazz in their lives, and published by Real African Publishers.

She has published two poetry collections, Breaking the surface, (Timbila,2005) and Dreams of Flight (Geko, 2011.) She has also been anthologized in We Are (Penguin, 2010) and Isis X (Botsotso, 2006). 

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Myesha Jenkins speaks of love, jazz, poetry and body. (Published on Jan 21, 2015)


Myesha Jenkins integrates life experience into concise, witty poetry that provokes and inspires. Visible in the Johannesburg poetry scene for the last ten years, she launched her second collection, Dreams of Flight at the UKZN’s International Festival in 2011. Her work has been featured in We are (ed. Natalia Molebatsi, Penguin 2009), Isis X (Botsotso Publishing 2005), and Baobab Journal.  She co-founded the all-female, Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective and Jozi House of Poetry monthly sessions. She also contributed to the Arts for Humanity’s Children’s Rights Exhibit, collaborating with the visual artist, Louise Almond. (

2013 Mbokodo Award in Poetry