Nebraska Authors

Frank Chipasula

AKA: Mkalawile

Born 1949 Luanshya (NORTHERN RHODESIA)

Places Lived

Taipei, TAIWAN
Providence, RI
New Haven, CT
Washington, D.C.
Northfield, MN
Omaha, NE
Carbondale, IL

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry


Poetry; Black Studies


Undergraduate Studies, Chancellor College, University of Malawi
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1976, University of Zambia, ZAMBIA
Master of Arts Degree, 1980, Brown University, Providence, RI
Master of Arts Degree, 1982, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Ph.D., 1982, Brown University, Providence, RI


Free-lance Broadcaster
English Editor
Professor of Black Literature in the Black Studies Department at the University of Nebraska-Omaha

Places Worked

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation
National Educational Company of Zambia
University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Tamkang University, Taipei, TAIWAN
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Brown University, Providence, RI
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL


Fulbright Travel Grant, 1978-80
NOMA Award, Honorable Mention, from the African Book Publishing Record for O Earth, Wait For Me, 1985
BBC Poetry Prize, 1989


Visions and Reflections. 1972.
O Earth, Wait for Me. 1984.
When My Brothers Come Home: Poems from Central and Southern Africa. 1985.
Nightwatcher, Nightsong. 1986.
Whispers in the Wings: Poems. 1991. (African Writers Series.)
A Decade in Poetry. 1991.
The Heinemann Book of African Women's Poetry. 1995. (ed. with Stella Chipasula)
On the Shoulders of the Mountain: A Selection of Poems. 2007.
Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Love Poetry. 2009.

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