Last name: Caroline Kautsire
Hometown: Blantyre, Malawi
In the news: Kautsire published his first book in July 2020, which details his life in Malawi, a landlocked country in Southeast Africa.
Now you know: Kautsire was involved in community theater before the pandemic and performed in musicals such as “Rent” and “Hairspray”.
His history : When Caroline Kautsire was 9, she attended high school at a boarding school in Malawi and struggled to live up to cultural expectations.
The British-style curriculum and lifestyle at school, the American pop culture she was learning and her African roots, which her parents pointed out, all led to further confusion over who she was, said Kautsire.
This multicultural experience and coming of age story is detailed in the Weymouth Resident’s first book, published in the summer of 2020, titled “What Kind of Girl?”
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Kautsire first moved to the United States to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. Since then she has attended Quincy College, UMass-Boston and Brown University, taught English at local colleges, wrote and read her poetry at a peace vigil at Weymouth Black Lives Matter and published his first book.
She said she tries to write every morning, but her students are her top priority.
Kautsire directs a series of poetry to help his students find their voice, improve their work, and understand the language as well as its delivery.
“I think speaking the truth to power is a poet’s mission, and poetry has a way of bringing out (the truths) that are deeply embedded in people’s hearts,” Kautsire said. “It’s something that helps people understand the world around them.”
“And for many years,” she continued, “it has been used as social commentary, as a means of resisting crime against humanity, and I want to continue poetry as a beacon of hope and power to change the world for a better. “
At 27, Kautsire said she lived in the United States and felt disconnected from her life in Malawi.
“So when I visited Malawi and had different experiences like going to villages, understanding Malawian culture – eventually I fell in love with it,” Kautsire said. “And I wanted to come to terms with who I am, or who I was, at the time.”
Kautsire said she had started documenting her experiences on social media, whether it was feeling connected to other Malawians or being alienated from them. People suggested that he write a book.
Kautsire decided to revisit the diary entries she wrote when she was 27 and “make something consistent with it.” In the end, it turned into “What kind of girl?”
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By writing and publishing, Kautsire said, she has grown closer to her family. Because she went to boarding school when she was 9 and then moved to the United States, she couldn’t spend much time with her parents. By telling her story, she said, they learned not only who their daughter is, but also how she saw her parents when she was a child.
As a thank you for her time at boarding school, Kamuzu Academy, Kautsire donated copies of her book to the school library.
“It’s good to give back because it’s my way of saying thank you, like I said, for raising me, for teaching me,” Kautsire said.
Kautsire said it would be nice to inspire other students at Kamuzu Academy to write their own books, using his story as an example.
She said she hoped her book would help people learn more about themselves and their education, as well as contribute something new about Africa and Malawi.
Kautsire recently completed and will be releasing his second book, a sequel to “What Kind of Girl?” She also plans to compile a third book of her poetry.
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