Bio

Rethabile Masilo blogs here and also co-edits Canopic Jar. He's a poet from Lesotho and lives in France. His poems have appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Canopic Jar, The Bastille, With Our Eyes Wide Open, Seeing the Unseen, Tears In The Fence, New Coin, Botsotso, Badilisha Poetry, and others. In 2014 his poem 'Swimming', published in New Coin Poetry, Vol 49, N°1, won the Dalro First Prize. The same poem won the Thomas Pringle Award for Poetry in Periodicals in 2015.

Rethabile was born in 1961 in Lesotho and left his country with his parents and siblings to enter exile in 1981.

In 2012 his first book of poems, Things That Are Silent, was published by Pindrop Press. The second book, Waslap, was published in 2015 by the Onslaught Press. And the third, Letter to Country, by Canopic Publishing in 2016. In October 2016 he was part of the 20th Poetry Africa Festival, where he also represented The World Poetry Movement. That same year Waslap, was awarded the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry.

In 2018 his fourth book, Qoaling, was published by the Onslaught Press. His Amazon author page is active and up-to-date. The following photo was take at The Hub in Morija, Lesotho.


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