- Koleka Putuma is an award winning performance poet and theatre maker.
- She has published several plays and an anthology under publishing houses like uHlanga Press.
- On 6 October she announced finalising the process of owning all her intellectual property.
On 6 October 2020 playwright and poet Koleka Putuma announced that her poetry anthology, Collective Amnesia is no longer being published by uHlanga Press. Instead, the title will be republished and owned by Putuma’s multidisciplinary creative company Manyano Media (Pty) Ltd. Established in 2020, Manyano Media looks to champion and produce the work of black womxn and queer artists.
Published in 2017 Collective Amnesia interrogates how South Africans engage with personal and political memories that have to do with homophobia, religion, academia, rape, femmicide and gender-based violence. The work has been published into Spanish, Danish, Swedish and Italian.
In addition to Collective Amnesia, Putuma has written children’s theatre pieces Ekhaya and Scoop as well as plays UHM, Woza Sarafina, Mbuzeni and No Easter Sunday for Queers. Her work has travelled across the world with her poetry earning her prizes including the 2014 National Poetry Slam Championship and the 2016 PEN South Africa Student Writing Prize.
The acquisition of Collective Amnesia’s rights follow Putuma’s acquisition of the playtext for No Easter Sunday for Queer. In March 2020 Manyano Media reverted the playtext’s rights from South African publishing house Junkets Publisher.
Announcing this intellectual property news on social media, Putuma said the following:
For the last year and a half I have dreamt of owning the rights to all of my works. Today, I've experienced the biggest paradigm shift and victory to be able to say: I own all my work and intellectual property and I own all derivatives of my intellectual property.
For more information visit kolekaputuma.com