I am Cosmas Mairosi, a Zimbabwean-born performance poet, now living and working in South Africa.I write and perform poems on a variety of themes to a varied audience in Southern Africa.I like to write about social real life issues. To me art has no purpose unless it appeals to human perspectives and sensibilities! When I perform I like to make music with my body, my voice resonates with the African drumbeat. I believe poetry was not meant to be written down in the first place, so I draw my inspiration from the daily rhythms of the African landscape.
I have been published in print, online(www.PoetryInternationalWeb.org,www.oneghanaonevoice.org,www.munyori.com
;https://bozza.mobi/cosmasmairosa and ovi magazine,Badilisha Poetry Xchange.com; http://bit.ly/nama1905
) ;on ZBC , BBC ,SABC radio and television. I have been involved with arts organisations and arts development projects for many years in Zimbabwe and South Africa.As an Arts Administrator, I have held leadership positions in the following organisations :
Budding Writers Association of Zimbabwe(NEC- Vice Chair),Amani Arts Festival(Vice Chair),Arterial Network South Africa(member of Steering Committee), African Drums Poetry Festiva,Zimbabwe Readers Association,and Young Writers Caravan.I have worked with CHIPAWO and was involved in training the performing arts to primary school children in Mudzi. In June 2011,I presented a research paper at Tshwane University of Technology(TUT) entitled, 'Performance Poetry as an Art in Africa.' In January 2013 I was the Moderator of a Public Arts Discussion organised by Arterial Network SA in Cape Town.
I have never set foot outside of the borders of South Africa,Zimbabwe and Botswana ,- although my work is all over the world.- but I hope to change that since I am interested in cultural exchanges,arts festivals, fellowships and writers-in-residency programmes.My writing is not only limited to poetry, I also work my hand on a variety of genres.
When I am not writing,I work as a primary school teacher(qualified with a Diploma in Education), and also happen to like to coach chess,play and compete in chess tournaments! I am a Candidate Provincial chess Arbiter(CPA).
I have poems in the following Publications:
1.Che in Verse(2006)
2. Contemporary Zimbabwean poetry(2009)
3.The War Against War: Poetry about stark realities of war(2010)
4.Whispers in the Whirlwind: A Collection of Poems about Socio-Economic Challenges in Africa(2010)
5.We Come From One Place: Poetry about the ills of racism, sexism, ethno-centricism and nepotism(2010)
6.Defiled Sacredness: A Collection of Poems About the Effects of Rape and Sexual Abuse on the Individual and Society(2010)
I have presented performance poems at the following events:
1.Harare International Festival of the Arts(HIFA)
2.Zimbabwe International Book Fair(ZIBF)
3.ARTS ALIVE 2008
4.SPEAK THE MIND CAPE TOWN 2010
5.CHIMANIMANI ARTS FESTIVAL 2009
Awards and Achievements
1.Certificate of Recognition for being 'Outstanding student in the Arts', awarded by Seke Teachers College on 12 October 2000.
2.Designed the new logo/coat of arms for Mudzi District.
2. One of three winners in a World AIDS DAY KHANGA slogan Competition at USinfo@Central,Central
Library ,run by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General, Cape Town ,South Africa- awarded on 19 January 2010. My winning slogan was ,'Spread the Word,not the Virus!'
Social Media With My Profile and poems
1. LinkedIn @Cosmas Mairosi
2. Twitter @Mairothepoet
3.FaceBook @Cosmas Mairosi
4.WAYN.com @Cosmas Mairosi
5.Google+ @Cosmas Mairosi
1.Patron for Mudzi Chapter of Budding Writers Association from 2005 to 2009.(Zimbabwe)
2.Vice-Chairperson of National Executive Committee for Budding Writers Association of Zimbabwe 2005 -2009.(Zimbabwe)
3.International Affairs Officer: African Drums Poetry Festival for Southern Africa- December 2007(Zimbabwe)
3.Zimbabwe Readers Association member
4.Vice -Chairperson: Amani Arts Festival,October 2010 (South Africa)
5.Friend of the Kensington Library for chess and poetry programmes 2015 -(South Africa)