March 10, 2011

Writer-in-residence Chenjerai Hove for Two Upcoming Special Events

Zimbabwean author Chenjerai Hove, theMiami: City of Refugewriter-in-residence at the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at MDC, will hold two presentations, “The Beautiful African Mother” on March 10 at the Pinecrest Library and “The Experience of Exile” on March 11 at Temple Israel of Greater Miami.

For “The Beautiful African Mother,” Hove will read from his politically conscious and heart-wrenching work, with a particular focus on the women who inspired him. The discussion and reading will also center around a greater understanding of women in African politics with a focus on Zimbabwe. Hove will speak about social justice and share his story of exile at his presentation on the 11th.

As a Miami: City of Refugewriter-in-residence since January 2010, Hove brings his politically and culturally rich stories of exile, injustice and ultimate hope to MDC students and the Miami community. He has been well received speaking at several events and publishing several columns in the Miami Herald.

The government of Zimbabwe first noticed Hove for his political novel Masimba Avanhu? (Is This the People’s Power?) and for his play Sister Sing Again Someday, which both address the situation of women in Zimbabwe. Hove’s home was subsequently burglarized and his unpublished writings were stolen by the national police. After constant surveillance and threats to his family, he left Zimbabwe in 2001 leaving his wife and youngest child behind. Most recently, he has lived in exile in Stavanger, Norway.

Mr. Hove’s visit is made possible by the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting high-quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. Programs and activities include hosting visiting writers; classroom collaborations; public reading series; creative writing courses; the Center’s literacy-focused initiatives – Storytime, One Picture Book, One Community, Spanish Authors in America, and the Big Read in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; and Miami Book Fair International – the nation’s largest and finest literary gathering every November at MDC. The Center also manages the college’s acclaimed Spanish-language theatre program, Prometeo, which is its dramatic arts component. For more information, please visit

FCLA at MDC presents Chenjerai Hove: “The Beautiful African Mother”

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 10, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Miami Dade Public Library System, Pinecrest Branch, 5835 SW 111 St.
COST: Free
FCLA at MDC presents Chenjerai Hove: “The Experience of Exile”

WHEN: Friday, Mar. 11, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
WHERE: Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19 St.
COST: Free
For more information regarding the program and Mr. Hove, please visit

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist


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