A multi-award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist and filmmaker from Zambia will perform a free public reading tonight at Tusculum University.
Mubanga Kalimamukwento will take the stage at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre, located on the lower floor of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Kalimamukwento was recently honored by the Tusculum Review, the university’s international literary journal, as winner of its 2022 Poetry Chapbook prize.
Kalimamukwento was honored for her chapbook “unmarked graves” in which she contemplates the loss of her closest family members to the AIDS epidemic in Zambia. She will read from the chapbook during her appearance at Tusculum and answer audience questions. Afterward, attendees will be able to participate in a reception celebrating this publication.
Copies of the limited edition chapbook, which includes illustrations by Amiah Brown, will be available for sale at tonight’s event and will be signed by Kalimamukwento. In addition, the Tusculum Band will contribute to the ambience of the evening by performing adapted and improvised compositions.
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