Mubanga Kalimamukwento

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Mubanga Kalimamukwento is a Zambian author and attorney. Her debut novel, The Mourning Bird, won the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award and was listed among the 15 most notable debut books of 2019 by Brittle Paper. She won the Kalemba Short Story Prize 2019 and the Tusculum Review Poetry Chapbook Contest 2022. She’s appeared on shortlists for the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAP) Book Prize, the Raz-Shumaker Book Prize, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Nobrow Short Story Prize, the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Miles Morland Scholarship and others. Her work has also appeared in addaAster(ix), Overland, The Killens Review of Arts and Letters, on Netflix and elsewhere. She has been translated into Italian and Russian. Mubanga is a former Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writer-in-Residence Fellow at the Africa Institute, a current Shenandoah Editorial Fellow, and a Mercatus Center Don Lavoie Fellow at George Mason University. When she’s not writing, Mubanga is a Mentor at the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and Fiction Editor for Doek! Literary Magazine.

For her Morland year, Mubanga will be writing a speculative fiction novel conversing with Zambia’s oral storytelling tradition through post-traumatic child’s play in the context of the 1990s AIDS crisis.

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