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In February 2020 I performed a poem titled: “A love poem to the Earth” at a TEDx event.
The response to that performance especially from my home country, South Africa, was overwhelming.
I was receiving international phone calls, and emails and messages of support and encouragement and gratitude daily for about a month. It was the second month of the first self-isolation period of COVID and I had stopped teaching, performing, and writing altogether.
Those interactions inspired me and got me through some of the toughest months of this year.
In May of 2020 a Naledi publishing house in Cape Town reached out to me and asked if they could publish my poetry. It was one of the best surprises of my life.
Since then, I have been working closely with a team of people who have believed in me and my poetry every step of the way.
It is such an honour and it brings me so much joy to have this book published in South Africa. I am grateful to my family and my friends and every single person who has given me encouragement along the way.
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WHO AM I?
Lindi Nolte is a South African-Canadian spoken word poet, writer, Tedx speaker, and educator. Lindi has actively been involved in the poetry slam scene in Vancouver since 2014. In 2018, she placed first in a spoken word poetry competition and was crowned Vancouver’s Grand Slam Champion. She has a bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia.
Lindi was born in Rustenburg in September, 1988. She was raised in an Afrikaans household and still speaks her mother tongue at home and with friends. In 1998, at the age of nine, Lindi immigrated with her three older siblings and parents to Canada. She returned to South Africa after graduating high school to study at the University of Pretoria, following in the footsteps of her mother, father, brother, and sister, who are all TUKS alumni. After graduating in 2010, she moved back to Canada to pursue her passion for the performing arts. She currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.
She loves hiking through thick forests, swimming in the ocean, photography, and travelling.