Author(s): Yilma Tafere Tasew
Yilma Tafere Tasew fled Ethiopia in 1991, angry at the constant violation of human rights and fearing for his life. Now living in New Zealand, Yilma's poetry is as frank and forceful as ever. His messages of hope and tolerance, of understanding and a collective search for peace and co-existence transcend his anger and frustration. Yilma's style is direct and energetic, and his wide reading of philosophy and politics -- and fusion of the political with the personal -- make the bigger picture resonate.
Since arriving in Wellington eleven years ago Yilma has co-founded the Writers International (NZ) group to enable networking between foreign and local writers, and co-founded Africana Journal: A journal of ideas about Africa and the African diaspora. Yilma is a public speaker on refugee and diaspora issues. He has presented papers for government, NGOs, universities and at national conferences around New Zealand.