Zimbabwe set to launch inaugural Poetry Awards on World Poetry Day

Zimbabwe's Spoken Word and Writers Association is gearing up to introduce its first exclusive poetry awards, set to be unveiled on March 21, coinciding with World Poetry Day.

HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe’s Spoken Word and Writers Association is gearing up to introduce its first exclusive poetry awards, set to be unveiled on March 21, coinciding with World Poetry Day.

Themed “Always be a poet, even in prose,” this initiative aims to celebrate Zimbabwean poets and foster a legacy of literary excellence.

Lennox Gondo, founder of the Spoken Word and Writers Association, highlighted the need for dedicated recognition of poets in various categories.

He emphasized the unique approach of these awards, stating, “Although poets are recognised in other awards, it is only under a few categories.”

The association, established in April of the previous year, has dedicated efforts to ensure inclusivity, reaching marginalized communities through engagement with provincial art galleries.

Gondo expressed the organization’s patriotism, stating, “These awards are strictly for Zimbabweans by Zimbabweans, so everyone should be included.”

Seen in this photo is Zimbabwe Spoken Word and Writers Association founder Lennox Gondo.
FILE PHOTO: Seen in this photo is Spoken Word and Writers Association founder Lennox Gondo.

The awards aim to identify and celebrate undiscovered talent, contributing to the growth of the arts sector and elevating the national flag through the discovery of new voices.

Gondo outlined the goals, saying, “If identified, it will help lift up the national flag and grow the art sector by discovering new talent and content.”

The Spoken Word and Writers Association‘s awards categories reflect a commitment to recognising diverse voices and fostering artistic growth.

Gondo noted, “The organization values inclusivity by providing a space where all voices are welcomed and valued regardless of background and experience.”

The award categories include Best Group Anthology, Best Solo Poetry Anthology, Poem of the Year, Female Poet of the Year, Male Poet of the Year, Best Graphic Designer of the Year, and several others covering a broad spectrum of artistic contributions to the poetry and spoken word community.

Gondo also called upon corporate entities and potential partners to collaborate in recognising and rewarding outstanding talent across various categories.

The awards are poised to become a significant platform for acknowledging Zimbabwe’s rich pool of artistic excellence in the realm of poetry and spoken word.

Wilson Chipangura
Wilson Chipangura
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