Zimbabwe now!

Zimbabwe now!
17 SEPTEMBER 2015 by Irene Staunton & Mia You Our latest Zimbabwe feature showcases new work from six poets – including a poet introduced into our archive for the first time; a poet who was recently in Rotterdam for 46th Poetry International Festival and a residency at A View with a Room; and a poet who suddenly and shockingly passed away just days after being in the recording studio with our Zimbabwe editor Irene Staunton. Generally, contemporary Zimbabwean poetry has focused on performance as poetry’s medium, but the poets appearing here deftly navigate between performance and print. We were determined to present their new work …

Barbra Breeze Anderson
(Zimbabwe, 1991)
by Irene Staunton Barbra Breeze Anderson is a performance poet, designer and project coordinator. She entered the spoken word scene in 2009 and since then has performed at various events and festivals in Zimbabwe and southern Africa.

Batsirai E. Chigama
by Irene Staunton Batsirai E. Chigama is a name largely associated with spoken word in Zimbabwe. Her work is featured in several poetry anthologies in USA, England, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. She has travelled to perform at different festivals in the region, as well …

Joyce Chigiya
(Zimbabwe, 1960)
by Irene Staunton Joyce Chigiya is a student as well as a mentor of language arts. She is a teacher stationed at a rural school where she is involved in the teaching and learning of English as a second language. Although she does write short stories, she regards …

Tsitsi Jaji
(Zimbabwe, 1976)
by Irene Staunton Tsitsi Jaji was born at Nyadire Mission and raised in Harare. After completing her A-levels on a scholarship at Arundel, she moved to the U.S. to study piano and literature at Oberlin College. She earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from …

Freedom T.V. Nyamubaya
(Zimbabwe, 1960–2015)
by Irene Staunton Freedom Nyamubaya was a rural development, gender and peace activist, farmer, dancer and writer who was born in Uzumba. Cutting short her secondary school education in 1975, she left to join the Zimbabwe National Liberation Army in Mozambique, …

Togara Muzanenhamo
(Zambia, 1975)
by Jabik Veenbaas Togara Muzanenhamo was born in the Zambian city of Lusaka and spent his childhood on a farm in Zimbabwe. He studied business administration in Paris and The Hague. He returned to Zimbabwe after graduation and worked first as a journalist before …
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