Maneo Refiloe Mohale breaches the boundaries of community activism, poetry and story-telling with a queer focus, seamlessly.
Her work, which focusses on black femme identities and queer politics, has been published by a variety of publications – Prufrock, Mail&Guardian and HOLAA! – to name a few. Besides being a media consultant for Iranti, during a media campaign about the Hate Crimes Bill, she was American organisation BitchMedia’s 2016 writing fellow, was long-listed for the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Anthology Award, and then became the managing editor for Platform in 2017.
Mohale’s relationship with the media, and the arts industry as a whole, came about when she was at the University of British Columbia, in Canada. She co-founded an alternative student press called the Talon, that centred the voices of marginalised students on campus, in 2014. Mohale aims to make media spaces more inclusive – through crafting more safe spaces for queer and trans writers and eradicating barriers to publication for marginalised writers.