Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa is a British born Barbadian raised poet of Jamaican and Barbadian descent. Using her background in dance and cultural studies, her poetry chiefly encompasses dance on the page and stage. Her brave and exciting work has been commended by notable literary figures including Roger Robinson and Joelle Taylor. Her forthcoming first poetry collection will be released with Out-Spoken Press in 2021.
Safiya is a recipient of the inaugural Jerwood Arts | Apples & Snakes Poetry in Performance Programme. She was awarded the 2020 New Voice in Poetry Prize by Culture Recordings. Also in 2020 ,she was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Page Poetry Prize, The Creative Future Writers’ Award and longlisted in the Out-Spoken performance and film categories.
Publications in journals and anthologies include: The Caribbean Writer, The Amistad, Tentacular and Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Bad Betty Press.
Notable Commissions: The Original Wailers, BBC Bitesize, English Heritage, The Salisbury Theatre Playhouse, where her first play The Firebird was performed, in 2019.
Extended spoken word accolades: 2019 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion, 2019 Hammer & Tongue UK Slam Champion, 2019 BBC Words First Finalist, Multi - Nuyorican Poetry Café Slam Winner (2019), Brooklyn Poetry Slam Winner (2019), and more (UK & US).