Tanatsei Gambura (she/they) is a poet, new-genres artist, and cultural practitioner working translocally. She draws from personal experience, contemplating issues of land, place, and culture-making in a pluriverse of locales.

Photograph by Ellie Morag, 2021

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tanatsei is the author of Things I Have Forgotten Before, the poetry pamphlet announced by Poetry Book Society as autumn choice of 2021. As with this body of work, language is a primary medium in her practice. Tanatsei’s work centres rest and nourishment whilst exploring the dimensions of justice, joy, and care in the aftermath of trauma. This is underpinned by an ethos of activating the radical in both private and public spaces whilst engaging sensuous ways of knowing.

In 2020, she was announced as the runner-up to the inaugural Amsterdam Open Book Prize presented by Versal Journal (Amsterdam), and was longlisted by the Rebecca Swift Foundation for the Women Poets’ Prize. In 2021, her work “Gestures Towards a Dream” was featured in Versal Journal’s monthly box set. Tanatsei’s poems have appeared in Poetry LondonPrufrock Magazine, and New Coin Poetry Journal, among others. She is an alumnus of the interdisciplinary residency These Images are Stories and is an inaugural fellow of the Obsidian Foundation.

Adjacent to her studio and literary practice, Tanatsei works as a programmer and producer in film exhibition, gallery programs, and community arts. With a special mention on Resident Advisor’s critic’s roundtable, she is also a DJ and performer whose work has been broadcast on Worldwide FM, eh.FM, and 1021 Radio. She has facilitated workshops exploring the landscape of cultural production in the context of racialised, gendered, and geopolitical regimes of identity. In both artistic and curatorial capacities, Tanatsei’s engagements are foregrounded by collaborative, community-based experiences that foster participation and exchange.

Currently, Tanatsei is based in Los Angeles, California, where she is completing an academic residency program at UCLA. She is delivering an archival project with Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. Most recently, she produced the 16th edition of Africa in Motion Film Festival and served on the Edinburgh International Film Festival Youth Board. In the past, Tanatsei has been a guest curator for Femspectives Glasgow Feminist Film Festival and was selected for Film Hub Scotland’s New Promoter Scheme, working to co-produce Take One Action Film Festival’s 2020 program.