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Peggie Shangwa (aka Umind?!) is the Founder of Page Poetry Alive, the Senior Editor of Groove Magazine International, a writer, spoken word artist and story teller. She first performed at the House of Hunger Poetry Slam at the Book Café in Harare and has gone on to grace platforms like the Harare International Festival of the Arts and the Poetry Slam at Shoko Festival as the only woman on the line up. She opened for Grammy nominated artist Da’ TRUTH at his Love, Hope and War tour Africa 2012 and has performed at the SoCreative Summit, Abuja Litfest (Alitfest), Ledbury Poetry Festival, and Birmingham Writers Salon. She has facilitated workshops for undergrad students at Coventry and Warwick universities in the UK. Her work has appeared on numerous platforms.
When Mgcini Nyoni launched his stage play Shuffle in May 2022, he subtly announced to the world that he is not just a poet, playwright, filmmaker, and photographer. He is an actor too. Mgcini has written and directed a number of theatre productions, including The Really Stupid Things that Men Say, The Button Box, and Walk With Me. His is the founder of Poetry Bulawayo, a website which has given a platform to many poets to get their work out into the world. As a photographer, he has won a number of awards. He is also the founder of the creative sector journal, #ConvergenceZW.
Tinashe Mushakavanhu is the co-founder of Reading Zimbabwe, the biggest independent digital archive of Zimbabwean literature. He obtained a first class BA degree in English from Midlands State University (Zimbabwe) before embarking on an MA in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Carmarthen (Wales) and later on received a PhD in English from University of Kent (England). He has held fellowships at University of Edinburgh (Scotland); Rhodes University and University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) as well as City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (USA). He is currently a Junior Research Fellow in African & Comparative Literature at the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT), St Anne’s College.
Togara Muzanenhamo has published three collections of poetry, Spirit Brides (2006), Gumiguru (2014), and most recently Virga, a Poetry Book Society Autumn Recommendation for 2021. He has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Alderburgh First Collection Prize and the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. His work has appeared in magazines in Europe, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and was included in Carcanet Press‘s anthology New Poetries in 2002. Togara was born in Lusaka to Zimbabwean parents, grew up in Zimbabwe and studied in The Netherlands and Paris. After his studies he returned to Zimbabwe and worked as a journalist and then for a film script production company.
Tinashe Muchuri is a writer with a passion for the creative sector, which he has written extensively about. He enjoys writing in Shona and is the author of an anti-novel titled Chibarabada and two children’s books. Zvipfuyo Nevana Vazvo and Auntie Mazvita. He is a three-time National Journalism & Media Awards (NJAMA) winner; twice for arts and once for writing on children issues. He is also a three-time National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominee; twice for print journalism and a third for writing children stories. Tinashe carries out research about the knowledge systems of the Shona people. He is a media studies graduate from ZOU and an MA student in Language and Literature Production at the University of Zimbabwe. He has freelanced for several media houses for their online and print publications. To sum it up, he is an actor, blogger, journalist, performer, poet, storyteller, writer and Shona consultant.
Thabani H. Moyo
Thabani H. Moyo is the founder of Centre For Talent Development, an arts organisation that specialises in Theatre-in-Education project. He holds BA General from University of Zimbabwe. He is a renowned playwright having written award winning plays UMbiko KaMadlenya, Ihloka, Foot Prints, The Immigrants and Bayethe Nkosi. He is a published author having contributed short stories in the Anthology “Around The Fire: Stories from Zimbabwe” and a Theatre acting guide “The Art of Acting.” He is also an arts critic who has written articles for Zambezi Times and The Citizen Bulletin. He is a full time theatre trainer and teacher. Currently he coordinating Literature Performance Based Workshops with C.T.D
Fungai Tichawangana spends his days looking for ways to use digital media tools to help creatives and small businesses succeed. He is the founder & CEO at Artist Dynamix LLC, a company which develops websites and online platforms for creative entrepreneurs. In 2000, together with two friends, he launched Venekera Works, one of Zimbabwe’s first dedicated web development companies and went on to develop Zimbo Jam, a platform to document, celebrate and challenge Zimbabwean creatives. Zimbo Jam has won four National Arts Merit Awards for its work championing the arts in the country. In 2015, Fungai was awarded a Nieman Journalism Fellowship and Nieman-Berkman fellowship for Journalism Innovation at Harvard University.
Batsirai Chigama is a performer, poet, literary activist, and social commentator. City of Asylum described her work as “surprising, shocking, and skillfully deliberate work,” and “a breath-taking embodiment of grief.” Her debut collection, Gather The Children, won Outstanding First Creative Published Book at the National Arts Merit Awards in 2019. In the same year she was an honorary fellow at the International Writing Programme (IWP) at Iowa University. In 2021 she released her second poetry collection, For Women Trying to Breathe & Failing, which won the NAMA Outstanding Poetry Book Award. Batsi’s work has taken her as far as Denmark and USA. She also loves working with young people and regularly performs and facilitates creative writing and spoken word workshops in schools.
Stuart Moyo has over 10 years experience in documenting the arts in Zimbabwe, with a bias toward online media. He worked in various roles with Zimbo Jam, an award winning online media platform, and was in charge of documenting various arts events, including The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), Shoko Festival and the National Arts Merits awards, among others. He also helped put together some of the first ever live blogging and live streaming setups for events in Zimbabwe. Stuart holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Information Technology majoring in Software engineering with the University of Zimbabwe. Stuart is also a live sound engineer in is spare time.