Interview with Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

An Odd Interview

by Crystal Wilton


Odd Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with Phillippa Yaa de Villiers to have a conversation about her art.

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers writes, performs and lectures in Creative Writing at Wits University, Johannesburg. Her poetry collections are Taller than buildings (2006) and The everyday wife (2010, winner of the South African Literary Prize in 2011), and ice-cream headache in my bone (August 2017). She co-edited No Serenity Here, an anthology of African poetry translated into Mandarin. (2010). Her short stories The day that Jesus dropped the ball (shortlisted for Pen/Studinski Prize 2009) and Keeping everything the same (winner: National Arts Festival/Het Beschrijf Writing beyond the fringe winner 2009). Her poems have appeared in local and international journals such as Baobab, Poui, Illuminations, New Contrast, and she is guest editor of a special edition on South African woman poets in the Atlanta Review. (forthcoming Spring 2018) Her one-woman play Original Skin toured South Africa and abroad. Since 2007 she has read and performed at poetry festivals in Germany, Denmark, UK, Cuba, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Ghana, and her work is translated into French, Dutch, Flemish, Burmese, Mandarin, Italian, German and Spanish.

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