My stint in the Copper belt province , Kitwe sanguaged between Congo and Lusaka inside the creative and blessed country of Zambia. I met great, unique, aspiring and established literary voices. One amazing voice is Mable Chama , a budding poet , actor , writer and a graduate of educational studies from a top Zambian Teachers College .Chama was ardent in her participation to 2019 Sotambe Festival Master Classes that included , film , social media diplomacy and Live literature Hub activities . The poet in Chama yearns for a great society , her poetry touches much on human life , survival , societal and spiritual issues .Her artistry carries with it rays and flames of boldness and the quest to find answers about life or in life . The poet is a resilient fighter for liberation of downtrodden voices . It was great meeting such voices like Chama and other youthful voices yearning for truth, peace and harmony in Africa and beyond - Curator of WOMAWORDS
Mhangami introduces a new and unique story writing style. The story titled "Please leave your Shoes at the door" is candid and bold.All her artistic presentations are characterized by traces of boldness and streaks of bravery. She is a voice worth reading ,learning and listening . Mhangami is armed with creative resilience and artistic steadfastness to empower women as she also advocates for the rights of the girl child through creativity platforms and social digital spaces. Mhangami is our Sisters Keeper. Read , enjoy and comprehend this unique story by our bold and brave Comrade Barbara Mhangami -Ruwende- Curator of WOMAWORDS.
“Literature is the creative imagination expressed through both written and spoken word.As a poet and an author I strongly believe that literature is an open boundary to express our feelings with much more freedom and a formula to connect the mind, spiritual being, the inner self, the physical being and the outside world.Through literature our pens grounding and word of mouth speak for us.It is very important as literature pen grounds and spoken words to voice out for the voiceless, be advocates, unearth and preserve literature from grassroots level. poetry is educational, therapeutic and recreational” Mighty Ntshwambi.
"The proverbial “eureka moment” happened rather late in life. While I am a writer-journalist by profession, I’ve had several punctuations, as it were, in my life as a daughter, mother and wife; as a woman. While I was engaged in all of these roles as most women are, I had forgotten my identity as an individual. One day, when the much-required brick fell on my head, I woke up to the realization that my core creative passions were gathering cobwebs in the closet. That was when I gave myself a tangible purpose. Conceptually, Gallerie’s perspective rose out of all the interests I had nurtured in my youth. When I initiated the journal in 1997, I did not have a clue who my readers would be. Today, after 18 years, I realize my readers are “the curious”. They have been reading and collecting Gallerie for the treasures we have unearthed and shared.” Bina Sarkar Ellias - Poet , Accomplished Writer , publisher and the Gallerie Editor at Large.
Her writings are pregnant with African emotion and spiritual resonance. She writes of her kindred, WOMEN with a bold spirit and an aura of sisterly stubbornness. Her pen jives on page leaves like a rock rabbit dancing to earthly acoustics of wind ,tree branches and discordant village songs .Ndeke’s poetry is the tenor of deep …
Author Omwa Ombara is a highly rated newscaster, trailblazing writer, published author and an internationally acclaimed journalist. Her pen breathes an energy packed message of peace .Her ink bathes crevices of African disunity with a motherly vigor. Her poetry washes the dirty laundry of Africa with that grandmotherly touch. She wields her sickle of peace, her pen to whip the unwanted grass of war, xenophobia, banditry and afrophobia from the African Savanah. Her imagery weeps with the peace starved and hungry children of Juba. Her metaphors sob with war torn mothers in Khartoum. Ombara dreams of African poetry nation, where poets will take up their ink loaded guns their pens to bring back Africa, African Ubuntu, human rights, freedom of expression and equality. It is great meeting you Comrade Sister Author Omwa Ombara, thank you for agreeing to be part of #mypennameistrailblazer. Your latest poem A DIRGE OF HOPE FOR SUDAN is mind raving.
CORINA OPROAE (Făgăraş, Romania, 1973) has a degree in English and Spanish Philology by the University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. From 1998, she has been living in Catalonia, Spain. She writes in Spanish, translates from Romanian and English into Catalan and Spanish. She has participated in poetry readings in Barcelona, Girona, Cadaqués, Madrid, Segovia, Praga, Iași, Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest, Bogota. In 2016 she published her first poetry book in Spanish, Mil y una muertes [The thousand and one death] at La Garúa publishing house in Barcelona which was translated into Romanian and published in 2018 by Școala Ardeleană Publishing house. Her second poetry book Intermitencias [Intermittencies] was published at Sabina Publishing House, Madrid in 2018. Some of her poems have been translated into Romanian, Czech, Swedish, Italian, Serbian and English. She has been included in different anthologies. She has translated into Catalan and Spanish poems by Marin Sorescu, Ana Blandiana (Jordi Domènech Poetical Translation award 2015), Lucian Blaga, Gellu Naum, Dinu Flamand
Miroslava Panayotova is a Bulgarian poet extraordinaire . She has chosen her own path of releasing her own poetry books . I think its painful though but there is some amount of liberation with that decision given that sometimes in some countries poets are not given enough space in mainstream publishing processes . I respect the amount of energy , wit and creativity she has put on her creative writing and poetry career . We are here to continue driving each other's for the good of shaping our global literary arts revolution . Iam happy to have known the resilient poet and globally acclaimed author and mesmerizing poetry .Thank you for being part of the WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS since its inception great poet and allowing us to feature you in the forthcoming #mypennameistrailblazer -MBIZO CHIRASHA is the Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS
The fact that the poet only has few resources and means is still the case even now. To poetry they scarcely are available and for that reason alone it occupies such an exceptional place among all forms of art. Because well thought through and considered, he only has a pen, a pencil, ballpoint pen, fountain pen and piece of paper. Although the latter is also replaced by the computer, but many poets still write their verses by hand, on paper. While the first sounds come from a musical instrument, from a string, a violin, a drum by giving it a slap, or gently pressing a key, pulling a string and on canvas all the first colours appear on canvas by applying a layer of paint with a brush or directly from the tube, this is not the case when writing. Nothing resonates yet. Nothing is really visible or audible yet. Apart from the fact that the poet has to struggle through all layers of his thinking and ability to reach a creative stage, in word, image and sound, his material is scanty, against the poor. It can be said again and again that poetry by whom it is practiced is particularly difficult and that those who continue to persevere in their attempts to give the language wings, resonance with readers and listeners. It is a huge effort with few resources. Yet there are many poets around the world who are intensively involved in writing poems in all forms, classical and modern, and something in between. The language also has many possibilities in expression, closed and open poems, difficult and easily accessible. And it is always worthwhile to take those words to you, reading in silence or aloud. The poems glide past like a sailing ship over the edge of the globe, the distance, the horizon and disappear into an inimitable low point, vanishing point to return later. The poems fly up like an eagle from a rock point that skims over a lake and extends its wings to unprecedented distances. The poems sometimes come to you as a pet, pet animal, looking for confirmation in the form of a pat or caress. The dimensions are innumerable. Everything is possible in this modern age. Every form, mixed forms, collages collecting different language expressions and images on a single page. There is a lot to be said for innovations and new challenges. But I would also like to see that the classical forms are not forgotten, and the craftsmanship of the poem is given back to the complex
The African poetic royal blood flows within her. She carries African proverbs in her DNA. Her verses are simple but deep. Okpeh carries the love for Africa and its people in her bosom .Her pen is a smoking mouth speaking of African cradles and Africa’s ancient philosophies. Star is a brightening star .The granddaughter of legendary Nzinga and in her creative soul lives the spirit of Nefertiti. I doubt again if she is not related to the Zimbabwean goddess of Chimurenga, Nehanda . I fore see a great writer and refined poet in the gifted sister . An ardent reader and keen observer of her society , a child of God - Mbizo Chirasha( CHIEF EDITOR OF WOMAWORDS)