#CHRISPAH MUNYORO# is one of Zimbabwe’s refined wordsmith. Her pen is brave and and the bold pen spit verses that reflect her mastery of poesy. A literary mason wielding a multi-pronged chisel to carve together beautiful language, reason and meaning to bring forth a poetic wonder. Mesmerizing. We are reminded through Munyoro’s poetic dexterity that every poet is artist. A word weaver and verse-carver. A poet is a gifted word sculptor shaping our lives into generational stories. Over and above edutaining , Munyoro carries doses of resistance, rebelliousness and protest in her DNA. She speaks resistance to rot and corrupt to the core dictatorial powers home and abroad . The imagery abound is depiction of sorry tales and naked truth that usually go untold. CHRISPAH MUNYORO# is the Second Prize Winner of the inaugural #Freedom Poetry Prize curated by the #Brave Voices Press. # Finals were excellently adjudicated by one Poetry Chef / Freedom Voices Poetry Prize Head Judge, #Dr. Michael Dickel from Jerusalem, Israel. #MUNYORO is a regular of the #Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign Projects. Most of the photos here are Courtesy of Google Photos and Chrispah Munyoro Photo Album. Aluta Continua -#WOMAWORDS eDitor.
D-day creeping stealthily
Inaugural, staged pageant of the world
All races to contest #down with racism
No age limit #stop child abuse
All countries to oblige #no more superior inferiority complex
All gender to face it #away with domestic violence
Every human register #royalty and paupers share stage
Corona Covid -19 you have humbled the world
As each human is hiding behind the mask
Guessing game on identity unfolding
Karma! who gave you address of this world?
How did you know that humans repels one another?
Greedy,jealousy,malicious and stony hearted we became
Now it’s order as people parade themselves
Mute and silent while we watch
©® Chrispah Munyoro 5/5/20
#INSIDE DIgitalPoetryLoUnge with our #Poetry Maestro.
Q.You started writing at a tender age and you are still writing, what are your accomplishments in the field of Writing and Poetry Arts?
#My accomplishments in the field of Writing and Poetry Arts are firstly, to find my true identity as i feel more alive,vibrant,solace,serenity and at home .#The intensity of creativity has become like the air i breath to survive,the pumping of my heart to move on with life. Being in this field i found my true undying love for ages as the clock chimes. Engaged, married and wedded Writing and Poetry Arts.
#Books that triggers my creativity areMind blast and House of hunger by Charles William Tambudzai Dambudzo Marechera,Waiting for the rains by Charles Mungoshi, The lion and the jewel by Wole Soyinka,God’s case by Dan Fulani, Chine manenji hachifambisi by Mordecai Abenia Hamutyinei, The Bourne series and The Scalatti Inheritance by Robert Ludlum,.Audrey Rose by Frank De Felitta.Dark rivers of the heart by Dean Koontz,Firestarter by Steven King, Pafunge by Patrick Chakaipa. The list is endless, this is just the icing.
#Challenges faced in Zimbabwe as a writer and poet are financial straits in order to boost arts to greater heights. Lack of materials to use. Freedom of expression is a hurdle. Few publishers and promoters to nurture arts. #My plea to National Arts Council of Zimbabwe is to intervene and support artists from tender ages by engaging workshops for them to grow up knowing the pros and cons of this industry.
#My writings had been published in various newspapers specifically The Times/New Ziana Gweru -salute they introduced me to the world,kudos to you forever grateful. The Daily news Gweru, The Tribune Gweru, The Citizen Gweru, The Midlands Observer Kwekwe, Jekeso Kwekwe and Motto magazine Gweru.That’s locally still yet to be published abroad.
# I am motivating people by my poetry about this pandemic COVID 19 virus hoping and praying the message to take preventative measures are adhered to and reaches all. To consul those who had lost their beloved ones.
#Lessons i can draw from authors like Dangarembwa, Vera, Chinananda, and Maya are that arts is a fair game as long as you are hard working for it accommodates all. It’s not biased and the sky is the limit ,gender equality generates awesome comradeship in this journey of arts. In order to paint and color the canvas of humanity through arts.
#My future plans are to publish more and plenty works for i still have a lot of unpublished works and bubbling to write more. No retreat no surrender.
Q .Give your honest thoughts on the current Arts and Poetry situation in Zimbabwe?
# My thoughts on the current Arts and Poetry in Zimbabwe are that it’s silently and slowly vanishing by going under the drain. The willpower is there but circumstances beyond control are hindering Arts and Poetry. Very few are making breakthroughs because of financial restraints. Organisations for making artists meet ,engage and connect are getting fewer. Workshops to boost the morale and sharpen talents are now becoming extinct. Some of the greatest works of arts are the holy bible and Qur’an just to mention a few. For them to be written it’s the work of arts. Arts lives for centuries and it’s another way of communication between the creator and humanity.
# CHRISPAH MUNYORO # a humble, down to earth and versatile woman who fell in love with reading books from primary level and engaged to writing and poetry in my teenage years. I become married to creative writing and wedded at eighteen years of age by becoming a correspondent to different newspapers. A journalist/columnist at The Times/New Ziana Gweru. I attended various workshops all over the country to boost and build my profession. I became the chairperson of Freelance Journalists. Boxing and linguistics are also my passion and was a Zimbabwe representative of boxing at the zone IV under 20 regional youth games. I am registered under AIBA the international body of boxing.
#MEET THE WOMAWORDS editor/Projects Curator#
MBIZO CHIRASHA is 2020 Freedom of Speech/Literary Arts Activism Culture Fellow at PEN-Zentrum Deutschland, Germany. Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café
(International publishing and literary digital space) USA . 2019 Sotambe
Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African
Fellow for the International Human Rights Art
Festival(https://ihraf.org/international-fellows ) , Essays
Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts
Features Writer at the International Cultural Weekly .Featured Writer
Poet Activist at The Poet A Day(https://jamiededes.com/). Core Team
Member and African Contributor to Bezine of Arts and
Humanities(https://thebezine.com/) in USA. Flash/Short Fiction Writer
for Squawk Back
Writer( Africa) to IHRAF
Publishes-https://ihraf.org/ihraf-publishes. African Contributor to the 2020 BlackWell Poetry Pamphlet of Oxford School of Poetry, UK. Hybrid Writings Contributor to Pulp-Pit Review, USA.The Originator of the
Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Curator of MiomboPublishing Blog
Journal(https://miombopublishing.wordpress.com/). Founder and Chief
Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS(https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/about/) . Founder and Curator of the Brave
Voices Poetry Journal(https://bravevoicespress.home.blog/). Co-Editor of Street Voices Poetry triluangal
collection( English , African Languages and Germany) initiated by
Andreas Weiland in Germany. Poetry Contributor to AtunisPoetry.com in
Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book
Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac
Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental
poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT was released by Mwanaka Media and
Publishing and is both in print, on Amazon.com and at is featured at
African Books Collective. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the
Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009
Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture
and Development (ICACD) in Ghana. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO-
Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015
Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and
Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary
arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of
Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen
Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human
Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer,
publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.
#WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS#
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