Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a Zimbabwean writer and editor. He graduated with a First Class honors degree in English from Midlands State University; obtained an MA in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Carmarthen in Wales; and completed his PhD in English at the University of Kent in Kent.
Mushakavanhu co-edited State of the Nation: Contemporary Zimbabwean Poetry (2009) with David Nettleingham; and Visa Stories: Experiences Between Law and Migration (2013) with Filippo Menozzi and Bahriye Kemal. Since 2015, he has partnered with Nontsikelelo Mutiti to form Black Chalk and Co a creative think tank that manifests in alternative archives, publications, and events. Mushakavanhu is also an award-winning journalist. He was the first recipient of an innovation fellowship from VICE Media and Knight Foundation, and a 2016 CNN Diversity Fellow.
Reading Zimbabwe was initiated to try and locate Zimbabwe in the global discourse, as well as interrogate the making and unmaking of African nation states through philosophy and ideas. The project was born out of a curiosity for a deeper understanding of the nature and extent of knowledge production, dissemination, and use around the subject of Zimbabwe: the place and the people.
Reading Zimbabwe is a product of Black Chalk and Co, a creative agency founded by visual artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti and writer Tinashe Mushakavanhu. The work is collaborative, bringing together writers, artists, designers, academics, and technologists with a mutual interest in publishing, archiving, mapping, and curating conversations and exhibitions, and facilitating teaching residencies. What animates all these activities is the effort to engender a new culture and new forms of publishing and creative production.