Portrait of Yara Nakahanda Monteiro.

Yara Nakahanda Monteiro was born in Angola in 1979 and moved to Portugal when she was two years old. She writes poetry and fiction. Monteiro studied screenwriting and contemporary art. She has collaborated in the creation of scripts and screenplays for audiovisual arts and is a curator for podcast programming. Her stories and poetry have been published in various magazines such as Granta and Revista Pessoa. She is a regular guest speaker at universities on topics like feminism and Afro-European identities and narratives. Monteiro graduated in human resources and has worked in this field for 15 years, as well as in diversity & inclusion and in talent management. She has lived in several cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, Luanda, London, Copenhagen, and Athens.

In her own words: she is a great-great-granddaughter of slavery, a great-granddaughter of racial intermarriage, a granddaughter of independence and a daughter of the diaspora.

Books

Novel

Yara’s debut novel Essa dama bate bué! (2018, Portugal: Guerra e Paz Editores) is translated in several languages and was critically acclaimed in the Portuguese-speaking world. The novel is been studied in universities, worldwide.

Poetry

Memórias, Aparições, Arritmias (2021, Portugal: Companhia das Letras) can be classified as decolonial and ecofeminist poetry.

Num formato de 4 episódios, Mukaji explora e reflete sobre questões de cidadania e mobilização social da mulher em África e na diáspora. Em cada um dos episódios a curadora Yara Monteiro e convidada abordam o passado, presente e futuro das lutas feministas; explorando as suas estratégias de resistência, luta e sonho.

Cover photo of the podcast 'Mukaji'. © Photo from João Nunes' archive.
Cover photo of the podcast ‘Mukaji’. © Photo from João Nunes’ archive.

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