Moses Metileni

Moses Metileni holds three Masters Degrees, in Urban Planning (Wits), Development Economics (Wits), and Creative Writing (Rhodes). He is the author of Mpimavayeni (novel), Nhlalala (novel), and U Ya Va Rungula (poetry). His poetry has been published in a number of local and international journals, and he has translated the works of Peter Horn and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o into Xitsonga. He is also the Founding Director of Nhlalala Books, a small publishing firm focusing on indigenous languages.

Moses Metileni hails from Nkuri-Tomu village in Limpopo. He holds three Masters Degrees, in Urban Planning (Wits), Development Economics (Wits), and Creative Writing (Rhodes). He is the author of Mpimavayeni (novel), Nhlalala (novel), and U Ya Va Rungula (poetry), and has curated a multi-author anthology of Xitsonga poetry, Ntsena Loko Mpfula A Yo Sewula. His poetry has been published in a number of local and international journals, including New Coin, Timbila, Asymptote, Illuminations, Botsotso, Tyhini, Poetry Potion Quarterly and anthologies including Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology, I Wish I’d Said, and Endzhutini wa Xidemokirasi. He has translated the poetry of Peter Horn and the short fiction of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o into Xitsonga. He is also the Founding Director of Nhlalala Books, a small publishing firm focusing on indigenous languages, and was head of publishing at Wena Institute, a research NGO focusing on multilingualism.

He has working mainly in public sector as an urban planner, including as a former Executive Director for Housing in the City of Johannesburg; and has also taught part-time in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand for about seven years. In that area, of urban planning and development economics, he has presented papers in various conferences, including in Cape Town, Dublin, Reading and Paris.