All Africa Poetry Symposium in Celebration of 100 Thousand Poets for Change 10 year Anniversary. You're welcome and we look forward to have a exciting , dynamic and vibrant Poetry Symposium ,where Africa speaks of itself through poetry .100 Thousand Poets for Change Movement was founded 10 years ago by Editors , Poets , internationally acclaimed Artists Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion to speak change , to speak truth against racial injustice , wars , poverty , corruption , demise of human rights and gagging of human freedoms through Literary arts activism and Social Change Arts . Participating Poets are from Seira Leone , Kenya , Nigeria , South Africa , Botswana, Zambia ,Egypt and Zimbabwe .The Poetry Fete is hosted by Acclaimed Poet , Distinguished literary arts scholar and internationally renowned Jerusalem based Poetry Michael Dickel. Mbizo Chirasha has worked tirelessly with the 100 Thousand Poets for change since ints inception , a decade ago through literary arts projects GirlChildCreativity Project and the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. This mega event will be stream-lived on several digital platforms. ALUTA CONTINUA-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA-Resident Coordinator).
The Brave Voices August Edition is such an amazing platform for young but resilient poetic griots , solemnly holding on to their faith and remain composed to face the AFTERMATHS with due diligence despite the hellholes of the COVID 19 pandemic. writings boldly articulates inspirational messages of hope and courage to adapt to the new normal .In this installment , ten poems were selected; the bigger number of poems is from the hosting country Botswana and the other six from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda As the editor for this month I would love to thank all contributing poets who responded to this great call and give salutations to those who made it to the top 10 and encourage that we hold on together in these difficult times of the COVID19 menace as we face the realities and complexities of the new normal . As a poet I take it that poetry is a powerful medium to express our feelings with for attaining freedoms and that it is a formula to connect the mind, spirit, soul and other humanity realms. TOGETHER WE RISE-( Gorata Ntshwabi Brave Voices August Edition Guest Editor and Brave Voices Botswana Associate)
ALAN BRITT has been nominated for the 2021 International Janus Pannonius Prize awarded by the Hungarian Centre of PEN International for excellence in poetry from any part of the world. Previous nominated recipients include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bernstein and Yves Bonnefoy. Preferring to "lean and loafe at his ease," he is troubled by the corruption and ambivalence that permeates the Great Experiment, so politically speaking he has started the Commonsense Party, which ironically to some sounds radical. He believes the US should stop invading other countries to relieve them of their natural resources including tin, copper, bananas, diamonds, and oil, also that it’s time to eliminate corporate entitlements and reduce military spending in order to properly educate its citizenry, thereby reducing crime and strengthening the populace in the manner that the Constitution envisioned. He is quite fond of animals both wild and domestic and supports prosecuting animal abusers. As a member of PETA, he is disgusted by factory farming and decorative fur. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars he now teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.
SHARON TSHIPA is a versatile and unique writer, poet and chronicler. She brilliantly tells stories and vividly portray critical situations through poetry .Her verses are pregnant with rhythm and heavy with memories. Her lines cry, sing, speak, dance, shout and hope. She is one among Botswana’s dream of literary prowess .Her passion for women , … Continue reading SHARON TSHIPA IS BOTSWANA’S LITERARY ARTS DIPLOMAT.