poet | performer | facilitator

toni giselle stuart

I write poems and stories that help us heal our inherited and ancestral traumas, and access our ancestral wisdoms and gifts, so we can remember who and what we truly are.



is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator. Her work is published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books globally. Her work includes Krotoa-Eva’s Suite – a cape jazz poem in three movements – in collaboration with filmmaker Kurt Orderson (Amsterdam and Cape Town, 2016); I Come To My Body As A Question with dotdotdot dance (UK & Sweden, 2016 - 2020); and  forgetting. and memory with vangile gantsho & Vusumzi Ngxande, at the Virtual National Arts Festival (South Africa, 2020). She is the founder of Athlone Young Poets, at Belgravia High School in Cape Town, and was the founding curator of Poetica at Open Book Festival.

She is a Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South African of 2013, and has an MA Writer/Teacher (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar.

IMAGE CREDIT: Leanne Brady


IMAGE CREDITS: 1. Lindsey Appolis; 2. Corinne Gans; 5. Retha Ferguson; 6. Firdous Hendricks; 7. Amelia Shivani Hassard; 8. Lindsey Appolis