Tsitsi Dangarembga-Visiting Writer in Residence Spring 2013


Tsitsi Dangarembga, women’s rights and cultural activist, sits on the board of the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabe and on the board of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. She is Director of the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa which she founded in 2009. She is currently writing a fantasy set in Africa in the future. Her third novel MY MOTHER’S BREASTS is to appear early next year.  In 2010 she received an Honorary MA Degree from the Women’s University in Africa. The third film in a series based on Zimbabwean is in development. She has been a fellow at the Vila Walberta in Munch, Germany.  In 2008 she was awarded the Arts Service Award by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and in 2007 was awarded the Arts Personality of the year Award by the same body. She published the second novel in the Tambudzai trilogy, THE BOOK OF NOT in 2006. She chaired Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe from 1998 to 2005 when she made way for other incumbents. The first in the series of Zimbabwean musical films, the ground-breaking short film KARE KARE ZVAKO was released in 2004.  Having produced several documentaries, her feature film work includes credits on most of Zimbabwe's major features, including NERIA, MORE TIME, FLAME and EVERYONE'S CHILD which she co-wrote and directed. She has been a fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Centre in Umbertide, Italy and was a participant in the Distinguished African Women series at Rutgers university in 1997.    The first novel in the Tambudzai trilogy, NERVOUS CONDITIONS, appeared in 1989 to critical acclaim. She has received numerous awards for her film and literary work. She was a founding force behind many Zimbabwean arts and women's initiatives, including Zimbabwe Association of Community Theatre, the Women's Action Group and Zimbabwe Women Writers.Born in Mutoko, Zimbabwe, Tsitsi Dangarembga completed her education in her home country.