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“Tjawangwa Dema’s poems are as bold, roving, and insistent as they are delicate and incisive.”—Tracy K. Smith, U.S. poet laureate

Don’t miss internationally acclaimed Motswana poet Tjawangwa Dema, as she reads from her prize-winning collections The Careless Seamstress and Mandible, and performs spoken word pieces from throughout her career, reflecting on life in Botswana, the United States, and England.

By foregrounding inquiry as a poetic practice, Dema invests the mundane with philosophy and ordinary beings with beauty while exploring ecopoetry, gender, race, disobedience, labor, mythology, and empathy. 


Tjawangwa Dema
(TJ Dema) is an honorary senior research associate in the Department of English at the University of Bristol. She is a poet, arts administrator, and teaching artist whose work has appeared in New Orleans Review, Kalahari Review, Cordite Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, German, Chinese, and Swedish, reworked by bands into lyrics, used for theatre and dance collaborations, recorded as videos, and dropped from a helicopter over London.
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Workshops with Tjawangwa Dema and Kirk Sides
Friday, February 26, 2021, at 10 a.m.
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Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Indra N. Mukhopadhyay (Writing Program). Co-sponsored by the Pan-African Student Association and the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs.

Photo (TJ Dema): Petra Rolinec
Book Cover Artwork: Mary Sibande

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