Performing Poet and Writer
Mbizo Chirasha was born in 1978 in Zvishavane District in
--"Unveiling Status". December 2004. AIDS Out of Africa magazine,
-- "Cloud of Rain". August 2004. United Nations Information Centre Bulletin.
--"Undying wounds", "Home", "Armageddon". April 2004. National Constitutional Assembly Journal.
--"Who Shall Stop The War?" May 2002. Zimbabwe/Iranian Friendship Bulletin.
--"Volcano". February 2002. Cracking Voice: An Anthology, published by The Budding Writers
--"Peace Described". April 2001. United Nations Information Centre Bulletin.
--"When The Rain Season Comes". December 1999. MOTO Magazine.
--"Wakatamba nedzidzomwanangu". November 1998. Cracking Voice: An Anthology, published by the Budding Writers
Association. 2001 and 2002 - Various poems, poetry reviews and interviews published in the Writers' Scroll Magazine.
--"Streets". June 1997.
Website/ Courtesy of the Budding Writers Association.
International Readings November 2003 - Zambia Mbizo was Invited by Zambian female writers to perform
his poetry for Zambian women, writers, poets, lecturers, students, journalists, artists and school teachers.
September-October 2003 – Sweden At the invitation of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the Zimbabwe
International Book Fair, Mbizo performed with other well-known international poets at a variety of venues, including a book fair in Gothenburg, the Nordic African Institute in Uppsala, Sida's heqdquarters, the Sweden Writers' Union and the Rinkeby Library. He both performed and led a discussion at a seminar of the Swedish International Library Association.
1999 - 2005 - Book Café Cultural Centre
2002 - 2005 - Zimbabwe International Book Fair
2001- 2004 - Cultural Sections at Palestinian and
2001- 2003 - Budding Writers Association
July - Commemoration of the 10th anniversary of World
Population Day, held by the United Nations Population
May - MISA
Scribe" at the 2003 World Press Day.
July - National Organization of Non-Governmental
Organizations (NANGO), for a program held in
to promote HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and children's
May - National AIDS Council of
June - World Health Organization, for launch of Oliver
Mtukudzi's anti-malaria CD.
September -AFRICA Speaks, a youth program on culture
and youth empowerment.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
December 2003 - November 2004 - Project Director for
The Young Writers' Caravan
- Directed activities for young writers and poets,
both in and out of school, to develop their creative
skills in the arts industry.
August 2003 - Assistant Coordinator and Programs
Presenter for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair
- Coordinated with writers, poets, artists and
musicians for the cultural and literary program of
events during the fair.
- Emceed events, readings, and presentations
throughout the fair.
Early 2002 to Mid-2003 - Publicity and Marketing
Officer for the National Office Secretariat of the
Budding Writers Association of Zimbabwe
- Wrote articles for the association bulletin,
advocating the reading culture and administration of
- Organized workshops, meetings, and compiled reports
of seminars and gatherings.
May 2002 - Planner with the National Arts Council of
- Played a key role in planning of the 2002 National
Arts Council cultural week.
- Served as an event coordinator and facilitated
communication amongst arts groups.
March 2001 - Outreach Assistant,
- Visited 29 schools in high-density areas of
in four days.
- Recited poetry and promoted the reading culture,
advising school pupils on the necessity of reading
books and learning.