Panashe Chigumadzi lands prominent International Writing Program residency

Award-winning Zimbabwean writer Panashe Chigumadzi is off to the United States as part of the 2017 residency for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program(IWP)

Panashe Chigumadzi PIC: Twitter

Chigumadzi is the author of the novel Sweet Medicine, which won the 2016 K. Sello Duiker Literary Award; a short story, “Small Deaths,” was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Literary Prize. She is the founding editor of Vanguard Magazine, a platform for black women in post-apartheid South Africa.

In 2016, she curated Soweto’s Abantu Book Festival for black readers and writers in the country’s largest township. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State..

The IWP is a unique conduit for the world’s literatures, connecting well-established writers from around the globe, bringing international literature into classrooms, introducing American writers to other cultures through reading tours, and serving as a clearinghouse for literary news and a wealth of archival and pedagogical materials. Since 1967, over fourteen hundred writers from more than 150 countries have been in residence at the University of Iowa.

This year’s residency runs from 19 August to 7 November 2017.