Yvonne Adhiambo Awuor is a fiction writer who won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story Weight of Whispers published on  Kwani?.

She is also the author of Dust, which won the prestigious Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature awarded every two years by the Kenya Publishers’ Association. Dust was also listed as a  Washington Post Notable Book and was shortlisted for the Folio Prize in 2015.

Her other short stories include My Mother, My Muse; Trial of Terremotto; The Knife Grinder’s tale; The State of Tides, Dressing the Dirge.

Hear Yvonne in her own words:


1. Read more about Kenyan Born Warsan Shire in this New York Times article titled “Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade”

2. Five Kenyan writers you should be reading – By Faith Linyonyi on kenyanpoet.com

3. Ciku Kameria’s book,Of goats and poisoned oranges”, receives rave reviews on Amazon.

4. Kiprop Kimutai is the author of “The Water Spirits” and the “Gentleman from Iten“. You can more about Kimutai’s works on Kwani.

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