Keith Phetlhe

September 27, 9:00am - 11:00am EDT. Hosted at ARTS/West

part of a series on Muse


About the speaker

KEITH PHETLHE is a Ph.D Candidate in the African Literature and Film Studies at Ohio University, School of Interdisciplinary Arts. He is a poet, politician, literary critic and translator, academic and educator from Botswana. His recent publication is The Abomination, a postcolonial Setswana novel of the early 80s. He is the founder of Poetry Society-UB and has performed in many international platforms. He is the editor of an upcoming multilingual poetry anthology Harvested Requiems. His poems have been translated into Spanish and published in prominent media outlets. He is a visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Freestate in Bloemfontein South Africa.

Additional details

I will discuss things that motivate me to write poetry and other forms of creative writing that do. As a poet who writes in both Setswana and English, I am interested in highlighting how poetry is a powerful form of expression that reflects my cultural background and the social and political context that shape it. For example, while I celebrate my Setswana way of life, I am also aware of the legacy of British colonialism in negating my cultural values and principle, something which I face with courage to combat. Therefore, my presentation will share in many ways how I draw from my cultural memory and use it to stimulate my imagination.