Fiston Mwanza Mujila

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila, born 1981 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, writes poetry, prose and plays. He studied literature in his home town and after stops in Belgium, France and Germany came to Graz, Austria, as the city’s official writer in residence. He now lives there and works as a teacher at the university while working on his doctorate on African literature. His first publications were books of poems, but his breakthrough came with the publication of his first novel “Tram 83” (Zsolnay, 2016), for which he has won many awards including the Grand Prix du Premier Roman from the Société des Gens de Lettres and the International Literature Prize of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Fiston frequently takes the stage in a performative dialogue together with jazz musicians and other artists. Most recently, he has been tracking the Black poets of Europe as a kind of cartographer and has curated an anthology featuring more than 30 poets from the Black Diaspora, which is forthcoming from the Verlag Das Wunderhorn in Summer 2021.

Publications (selection):
Tram 83. Zsolnay, 2016.
Kin kiesse, les écritures congolaises. Éditions Sépia, 2015.
Tram 83. Roman. Éditions Métailié, 2014.
Der Fluss im Bauch. Ed. Thanhäuser, 2013.
Craquelures. Gedichte. L’Arbre à paroles, 2011.
Poèmes et rêvasseries. Linkgua Ediciones, 2008.

Festival Content

UNHEARD POETRY: BLACK EUROPE

⇒ Tickets 3€ | Festival Pass 19€ 

Initiated and curated by author Fiston Mwanza Mujila in cooperation with the Haus für Poesie, an anthology is coming out this Summer from Verlag Das Wunderhorn featuring, in German translation, 33 poets born or (literarily) socialised in Europe. The anthology places the work in a common context which is not limited to Blackness. Four of the poets featured in the anthology come together at the poesiefestival berlin.

Johannes AnyuruRoger RobinsonRadna FabiasVictoria Adukwei BulleyFiston Mwanza MujilaOlumide Popoola