»In the photograph I was so drunk that I would stagger out of the picture.«
from Drunk in Together
Julius was born on a commercial farm in 1946, and has worked for most of his life on the mines as a blaster. He has had his poetry published in several anthologies of Shona poetry including Nhetembo, Mabvumira eNhetembo and Gwenyambira between 1968 and 1980. His only novel, Chipo Changu, was published in 1978, an award-winning play, Ruvimbo, was published in 1980, and a collection of poetry and short stories, Not Another Day, in 2006. His poetry in English has also been published in South African and Zimbabwean anthologies. Together, a collection of short stories and poems by Julius and John Eppel was co-published in 2011 by 'amaBooks, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and the University of New Orleans Press. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Sadly, Julius died in January 2011 after a short illness.
amaBooks writings by Julius Chingono
Story and poetry collection: Together, with John Eppel. Poems: About Words, Ditched, Half Mast, It denotes and They are picked in Intwasa Poetry, and My Country in Long Time Coming. Short Story: Bus Fare in Long Time Coming