FRANCISCA MANDEYA affectionately known as Franzi also Ndaiziweyi, was born in Wedza, Zimbabwe .Mandeya lives in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic.Mandeya is a resilient and multi- gifted personality.Ndaiziweyi is a one of the victims that suffered the brunt of Zimbabwe's economic woes of hyperinflation , retrenchments and untold moral decadence before relocating into the diaspora to join a human rights , social justice and peace-building organization as well as advancing her writing , artistry , music and advocacy for gender equity . Mandeya contributed two chapters to books by Dr. David Kaulem with opinion articles that were published in Zimbabwean newspapers and journals. Mandeya is a double winner of the Nunavut Qulliit Status of Women gender equality competition held in 2015. Trailblazing Mandeya was recognized as one of (57) mobilizers for gender equality .She represented Canada at the Women Deliver 2019 Vancouver Conference. 'Mother Behold Thy Son' is her first book offing . Mandeya plays Mbira(thumb piano) and speaks highly of its therapeutic quality .Her writings and music is meant to transform undesired social, economic and political realities. She bringing together a scorcher(book) on gender equality Takaenzana, We are Equal.
Laura Grevel, You are a brilliant wordsmith sanctified by the incense of paradox, anointed by holy -waters of allusion. Your lyrical standards are beyond reach similarly to a fully ripened succulent yellow mango fruit hidden somewhere onto the apex of mother- tree. Your prosaic – poetry vehemently beat the zenith of our psychical boxes and incessantly rave our blood streams .You roast spirits and their dreams in oil pans of your metaphor .You stew lives and promises in hot pots of burning irony. Your poetry is timeless. Worries, abundance, poverty, light and decay are all weaved onto the seam lines and pleats of your word-smiting. Your metaphors are bold and your voice is brave .Your poetry is a proverbial mix of cultural interpretations, spiritual promise, political meandering, literary dexterity, moral juxtapositions and social decay. It is potpourri of decadent humanity, struggling live hoods, politically veiled freedoms, disguised merriments and unions of conveniences ready to explode .Your poetry is truth carved onto the mirror of paradox and fleecy of irony. Truth that is true and does not sit steadily in the heart caves of many readers. Truth that rattles eardrums of the expectant audience .Truth that coils into souls like worms of anxiety. Truth that wipes the mist of hypocrisy, fogs of conspiracy and clears the dew of sugar – coated but pretentious diplomacy. Iam yet to find such heart pounding whims of truth on this clay earth. Grevel, we are profoundly gratified to archive your creativity , listening and reading your thought provoking poetry. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is humbled and yet excited to be associated with such immense talent, dexterity is not your distant cousin and prowess is disciple (BLURB by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Reza Raza, your poetry is drips the paradoxical honey of maturity. As we walk through the beehives of promise, we are embraced by the fortune of long time - fermented verses of wisdom. Your highly spirited versifications creatively dipped in your brilliantly simplified dictionary are a testimony of your writing dexterity and psychical prowess. Your destiny is a golden castle of literary stardom. Raza, you are a gigantic voice, speaking freedom and renewed promise of the great land of Bangladesh. Your artistically stubbed verses are succulent with wholesome reason concocted with the beauty of lyrically –rimmed subject matters. This poetry instalment is an infotainment and didactic blessing to humanity. Your land remains rich with the treasures of poetry craft and wordsmithing as planted by you and your fellow bards .TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly prided in archiving such an illustrious voice birthed and bread from the paradoxical land of Bangladesh in the name of distinguished translator, highly rated wordsmith and widely anthologized poet Reza Raza-(Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Writing is my true passion. I am grateful to all the editors who have published my work and who have nominated me for Pushcart Prizes, The Million Writers Award and a Sundress Best of the Net award.You could find my work online and in journals such as the A Gathering of the Tribes, Cafe Review, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Columbia Journal, Evergreen Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Live Mag!, Long-Islander, Pank, Passages North, Portland Review, Seattle Review, Verse Daily and so on.My first novel called ÜberChef USA (Spork Press) is available in bookstores worldwide and on Amazon everywhere. I have written one short story collection called Maze and a poetry collection titled More Than Moon, which was a National Poetry Series finalist, due out 2020 from Is a Rose Press.At the moment, I am working on my second novel and a second poetry collection.Currently, I live in New York City where I am active in poetry and prose readings in Brooklyn and on the lower east side of Manhattan. I have featured at such venues as Caffe Vivaldi, KGB Bar, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Parkside Lounge, Pete’s Candy Store and Three of Cups Lounge -( Poet Jennifer Juneau , WordPress.com)
Kabedoopong Piddo Ddibe’st , your poetry are footprints dipped onto the dew beaten village path during ancient country dawns. Your verses are metaphors inscribed on the back of rainbows new and old. Your poems speak time, are timeless and they seize hearts that lived and thumped through long struggles and unfounded freedoms. Your words are fingerprints of long gone matriarchs and departed patriarchs that imbibed wisdom from ancient millet gourds of home. You are a voice crying in the wilderness of beautiful Uganda and must be collected to be carved onto the literary DNA of this African poetry generation for the present and future of educational instruction .You remind me of pioneers of traditional poetry , revolutionary griots Agostino Neto , Frank Chipasula , Jack Mapange , Niyi Osundare , Chenjerai Hove , Carlos Chombo aka Thomas Sukutai Bvuma, Okot BibiTek , the Ugandan- African grandmaster of African traditional verse . The beat in your poetry tinkers on to the roof my heart cave like a village drum throbbing from a distance, its echoes reverberating beyond red hills of home. The aroma of your mature, heavily fermented poesy attracts the poetry famished nostrils in academic walls, reading rooms, university lecture –rooms and those yet to be born. Aluta Continua! (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Kari Krenn ’s writings are dipped in honesty, spirituality, cultural connections and more. She is a chronicler of humanity and its lifestyles and love matters. Her writings are a testimony of a personality well versed, widely –traveled the world came to witness realities of myriad of traditions, racial and religious inclinations. Her verses display attributes of her inner depth passion and thus resonates her emotionally hyped confessional poetry. Poetry that seeks to depict her spiritual, psychical and emotional experiences. Iam waded by her beautiful dictionary, and diligently fermented reason. Her danceable beat is in sync with her lyrical dexterity. Kari Krenn is an internationally acclaimed Argentinian Poet, Human Rights Activist, Accomplished Writer and advocate of truth, well-traveled and gifted to love her fellow humanity. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is prided in digitally hosting and archiving diversity, exclusivity, excellence and prowess in the personality of acclaimed poet and multi-award winning cultural arts personality Kari Krenn. Together We Rise( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Chronicler and Veteran broadcaster, Mansour Noorbakhsh, an amazing poet with your verses tasting grape-wine maturity. Your lyrical prowess is unmatched. The rhythm is trendsetting, the beat is danceable. We are mentally cranked by your psyche -raving imagery .The reason within is heart-thumping. As thus, we drink from the new poetic refreshment of your literary dexterity with the gusto of lyrically famished readers. Your simplified verbiage is catalytic in transmitting your voice and enables the reader to extract valuable messages within. This poetry collection is didactic, It is a lifelong –lesson of love, positive thinking and a perception shifting. This instalment is a full coarse meal that gives contentment to us, your audience .It is an artistic balanced diet. A proverbial soul food .This recipe of word art is carved onto every readers DNA like an antennae plucked onto the radio transmitter. Your poetry is concontional mix of confessions, eulogies, love, tragedies and promises. It is a toasted bread of paradox, battered with sweet marmalade and peanut butter -paste on to the both sides. It is a chronicle of spirituality, cultural identity and traces of nostalgia are visible within your diligently crafted verses. It is a revelation that resonates with the old adage that says, poets are mirrors of their society. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is spiritedly gratified to profile , feature and publish a great writer , literary arts influencer , amazing poet ,distinguished curator and accomplished literary arts broadcaster Mansour Noorbakhsh . Together We Rise (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
As do the souls of Men reflected on their actions and words in this arena of the incessant flow of the River of life that answers to humanity. From the land of the Brave (USA) and other accolades from history, comes James Coburn, a world acclaimed master story teller in verse. From the heart of Africa, the cradle of man, is the great griot black poet Mbizo Chirasha who has remained a fugitive from his home country of Zimbabwe for his courage and bravery in daring to question the leaderships in office about corruption and human rights abuse. What a twosome!! To read through their incredible book, METAPHORS OF THE RAINBOW, is to be invited to a surgical room where injustice is being addressed by un-apologetic poetic surgeons with no visible anesthesia, with microscopic detail. Sharp metaphors, drilling imageries and the prowess of a river smooth, sure and guaranteed knowledge of its power, delve deep into the social tumors of injustice as it’s stared at and condemned in classical hyperbolic phrases that ring into the readers ears long after putting the book down. Experience in the field of fighting injustices in human rights related situations, has birthed incredible verses that resonate with each man’s wordsmith excellent recital. That this book is dedicated to world poets of resilience, resistance, human rights crusaders and social justice advocates goes to showcase art rising to the fore of leadership in writing to right the wrongs that plague societies and individuals in our world. Come sample the awesomeness of the rainbow rich in its bitter sweet array of verses. A must read for all (Nancy Ndeke Author of A Bridge to a Bridge Through a Bridge)
The literary arts activism community has since been robbed of a selfless ,creative dedicated , resilient literary arts captain and 2019 WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS Laureate Jamie Dedes . A literary arts activism revolutionary , Founding Editor of the BeZine Journal for Arts and Humanities , Founder and Managing Editor of A Poet A Day Zine. Dedes was a staunch advocate of social justice , human freedoms and good governance through poetry and literary arts activism. She was a literary arts partner of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS, Brave Voices Poetry journal . Laureate Jamie Dedes immensely advocated , incessantly influenced and profoundly publicized for the protection and safety of Mbizo Chirasha , Zimbabwean poet in exile. Many of Mbizo Chirashas poems , essays and hybrid writings of his exile life and human justices were wholesomely published onto BeZine and A Poet a Day publications. Through her advocacy the PEN Deauschland offered Mbizo Chirasha a six months Free Speech Scholarship grant in 2020 that helped the resistance poet to continue writing and influence social justice and human freedoms through poetry arts , digital poetry collections and literary arts activism. Dedes was profoundly gifted , resilient , creative and highly spirited. I have decided to write this remembrance message and an eulogy in form of poem below. May your beautiful rest in the warms of the Lord our God Jamie Dedes ( Message by Mbizo CHIRASHA- CoreTeam Member and G Jamie Dedes partner in literary Arts Activism Projects)
Viviana Fiorentino is a versatile migrant literary bird born and bred in Italy and now living in Belfast, Ireland . The griot in Fiorentino has mastered the art of word activism. He subject lines are deep with both sense of belonging and miseries related to nostalgia. Her rhythm packed and lyrically correct versifications are tensely confessional. Confessional poetry is the usual soul food to the audience and is closely linked to psychical and spiritual matters, something to do with memories, experiences, identity, history, traditions, realities and complexities of life, with a clear assertion that life experiences can be both rosy and gloomy. After reading more carefully and listening attentively to her voice, you pick her love for humanity, her quest for the rain of freedom, her passion for those thrashed by lashes of poverty under the steel yoke of racial hegemony , shrieking in dust ridden hovels of stigma, choking in dungeons of rejection , those roasted in hot pans of abject sufferance by toxic politics and those with souls stewing dumping sites of moral decadence. Every verse carries rain clouds, promise, sunrays of hope and sometimes gloom, paradox raises its ugly and beautiful head in most of her versifications. This set of poems is a testament of belonging , the beauty of life, the ugliness of it thereof ,nostalgia and the love for human freedoms by the distinguished poet using artivism to for and about the plight of refugees ,exiles and other vulnerable human communities. Viviana Fiorentino is a distinguished scholar, acclaimed humanitarian, advocate for human freedoms and hallowed poet. Greetings to all Scholars, Poets and human freedoms in Italy and Belfast. Together We Rise-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)