“The poems in this collection vividly bring life to the page as we experience it on a daily basis and help us see and contemplate it, probably in slightly different ways than before. “
– Brain Garusa, Book Fantastics
For Women Trying to Breathe & Failing
Winner of the National Arts Merit Award for Outstanding Poetry Collection
About Batsirai Chigama
Batsirai Chigama (Zimbabwe) is a performer, poet, literary activist, and social commentator. City of Asylum described her work as “surprising, shocking, and skillfully deliberate work,” and “a breath-taking embodiment of grief.”
Chigama’s debut collection, “Gather The Children,” won Outstanding First Creative Published Book at the National Arts Merit Awards in 2019. In the same year she was an honorary fellow at the International Writing Programme (IWP) at Iowa University. In 2021 she released her second poetry collection which won the NAMA Outstanding Poetry Book Award in 2022.
Batsirai is passionate about providing alternative narratives to those featured in mainstream media and her work with young people has taken her as far as Denmark and USA, performing and facilitating creative writing and spoken word workshops in schools.