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Frank Chipasula

Frank Chipasula

Makanda, IL

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Frank M. Chipasula is a Malawian poet, editor, fiction writer and founder of Brown Turtle Press [www.brownturtlepress.com]. Currently Professor of Africana Studies, he has held the first Judge William Holmes Cook Professorship in the department at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and taught at Howard University, Tamkang University in Tamsui, Taiwan, University of Nebraska at Omaha, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Brown and Yale Universities. He was the English Editor for NECZAM Ltd., the former national publishers of Zambia in Lusaka and, as an undergraduate student at the University of Malawi, he freelanced on the M.B.C. (Malawi Broadcasting Corporation) in Blantyre, Malawi. Chipasula's Visions and Reflections (1972) was the first book of Malawian poetry in English, followed by O Earth, Wait for Me (1984), Nightwatcher, Nightsong (1986) and Whispers in the Wings: New and Selected Poems (1991). He is currently working on The Burning Rose: New and (Re)Selected Poems. He has also edited When My Brothers Come Home: Poems from Central and Southern Africa (1985), (with Stella) The Heinemann Book of African Women’s Poetry (1995) and Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Love Poetry (2009). His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, newspapers and anthologies in English, French, Spanish and Chinese in Africa, Europe, U.S.A., South America and Asia where they are also studied in high schools, colleges and universities. Among his current fiction and prose projects are several novels and his memoirs of exile.