Tjawangwa Dema is author of ‘The Careless Seamstress’ (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) which received the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. A Bristol based poet, teaching artist and live literature producer her chapbook ‘Mandible’ was published in 2014 as part of the African Poetry Book Fund’s boxset series. A 2012 Fall Resident of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and former chairperson of the Writers Association of Botswana, TJ holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She has given readings and facilitated workshops in over twenty countries including Brazil, India, South Africa, the USA and Germany. In addition to appearing in various journals and anthologies her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Chinese and Swedish. She is Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol.
- The Careless Seamstress - University of Nebraska Press (USA), 1/03/2019
Awards and residencies
- Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets - January 2018
Current Events and Projects
- Anthropocene Storytelling - a series of eco-writing seminars, workshops and readings in collaboration with Dr. Kirk B. Sides - January 30 2019 - January 2022