Keys in the River is a cycle of stories about ecomically-challenged, politically-torn, and disease-ridden Zimbabwe, told as if the reader were sitting and listening to neighbors and friends talking about life. Some stories are tender, even comic; in others, tragedy and outrage lurk. The stories share a common thread, a ble stance in the struggle to find love, freedom, justice, completeness, and satisfaction.
Tendai Rinos Mwanaka was born in 1973, in Nyanga, Nyatate, Mapfurira village, in the remote eastern highlands of Zimbabwe. He is the author of Voices from Exile, a collection of poetry on Zimbabwe's political situation and exile in South Africa published by Lapwing Publications, Northern Ireland in 2010. He has written and worked on over 17 manuscripts over the years and won several awards. Logbook Written by a Drifter, and Voices from Exile were both short listed for the Erbecce Press Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2009, respectively. He was nominated for the Pushcart twice, once in 2008, and again in 2010, as well as commendedfor the Dalro Prize in 2008. He has published over 200 short stories, essays, memoirs, poems and visual art productions in over 100 magazines, journals, and anthologies in the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Kenya, India, Italy, France, Spain, Cyprus, Australia and New Zealand. He lives and stays in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe.