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Meet Cleopatra!

5 Jun
Cleopatra Magwaro

Cleopatra Magwaro

Originally from Zimbabwe, Cleopatra Magwaro began writing anthology of short stories while she was in law school in Australia. At the time, she was experimenting with prose and wanted to write poems that were reflective of her mood and love for Africa. As a writer Cleo has published an anthology of short stories “A Season’s Assemblage” using the process of oral storytelling infused with the literary genre. Besides her love for anthology, Cleo’s writing expertise also include freelance projects on global justice, international business law, global human rights issues and biographies.

Cleo’s sources of inspirations are the people that live around her. She has a desire to educate people on the African experience, which she describes as a “complex and robust journey filled with every imaginable achievement and challenge”. She wants to “reclaim the assumption of what it is to be African and be an innovative voice that forms an indelible effervescence in the mind of the reader which compels them to think and view the African experience in a new way”.

 Marga (left), Cleo (right) speaking at the WNDC Club

Marga (left), Cleo (right) speaking at the WNDC Club

Due to the solitary nature of writing, she needed to learn more about marketing her work and taking her ideas to the community. Cleo believes she has reclaimed her voice as a writer after coming to Empowered Women International.  She states  “I enjoy the fact that every weekly assessment ties in with my goals in a tangible way that produces results.” She believes that EWI is a gateway to different market resources and is now in a better position to take her anthology to the next level.

Edited by Hanna Yamir, Program Associate Intern

Sushmita Muzumdar: Chai, Stories & Art

30 Oct

Sushmita Muzumdar, 2007 ETS Graduate and artist, has her first solo show entitled, Let’s Tell Our Tales: Everyday Stories as Artists’ Books & Collages.

Sushmita is a book artist and writer, she specializes in writing stories with handmade books.  She believes in the power of storytelling, and seeks to create art through each wonderful tale.  Her pieces are beautifully intricate and articulate, combining literature and fine art.

Sushmita’s show will be held from Nov 3rd to the 18th at the

Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812

In honor of EWI’s 10th Anniversary, she is holding a special Chai, Stories, and Art Tour for EWI friends and supporters!

Join us for the free event on Sunday November 11th,
from 2-4pm

Click here to RSVP!

Learn more about Sushmita’s bookarts and her special invite to you:

Sushmita received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts from Bombay University in India and subsequently worked as an art director in the advertising industry in Mumbai. Sushmita volunteers as a docent with the Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art (National Museum of Asian Art) in Washington DC where she was trained in Asian art history. She is a graduate of EWI’s Training for Success program and lives in Arlington with her son, daughter, and husband. For more, view her website at Handmade Storybooks.

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