Chenjerai Hove

  • Chenjerai Hove
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Chenjerai Hove is a Zimbabwean poet and novelist known for his works in both the English and Shona languages.

His works :

And Now the Poets Speak (co-editor; poetry), 1981
Up In Arms (poetry), 1982
Red Hills of Home (poetry), 1985.
Bones (novel), Harare: Baobab Books, 1988; Heineman International AWS, 1989.
Shadows (novel), Harare: Baobab Books, 1991; Heinemann International Literature and Textbooks, 1992.
Shebeen Tales: Messages from Harare (journalistic essays), 1994
Rainbows in the Dust (poetry), 1997
Guardians of the Soil (cultural reflections by Zimbabwe's elders), 1997.
Ancestors (novel), 1997.
Desperately Seeking Europe (co-author; essays on European identity), 2003
Palaver Finish, essays on politics and life in Zimbabwe, 2003
Blind Moon (poetry), 2004.
The Keys of Ramb (children's story), 2004

Honours and awards
1983 Special Commendations for the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, for Up in Arms
1984 Inaugural President, Zimbabwe Writers Union
1988 Winner, Zimbabwe Literary Award, for Bones
1989 Winner, Noma Award for Publishing In Africa, for Bones
1990 Founding Board Member, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights)
1991-94 Writer-in-Residence, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
1994 Visiting Professor, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, USA
1995 Guest Writer, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts and Leeds University, UK
1996 Guest Writer, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany
1998 Second Prize, Zimbabwe Literary Award, for Ancestors
2001 German-Africa Prize for literary contribution to freedom of expression
2007-08 International Writers Project Fellow, Brown University


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