Category Archives: Literary Writers

Celebrating new generation of Kenyan writers who are picking up the baton from our most favorite yesteryear writers.

YVONNE ADHIAMBO AWUOR: LITERARY WRITING

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:


UP AND COMING

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.

BINYAVANGA WAINAINA: LITERARY WRITING

Binyavanga Wainaina is the author of One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir,  that was named a 2011 New York Times notable book. He is also the author of How to Write About Africa.

Perhaps most importantly, Binyavanga is founding editor of Kwani?. Since its founding in 2003, Kwani? has become an influential African literary magazine and platform that is helping nurture and introduce young up-and-coming creative African writers to the world.

He was included in TIME’s magazine 2014 TIME 100 list.


UP AND COMING

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.


Photocourtesy:

Binyavanga Wainaina: By Unknown photographer (Flickr stream Binyavanga Wainaina) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

OKWIRI ODUOR: LITERARY WRITING

Okwiri Oduor was the the 2014 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story entitled My Father’s Head (see review also). She is also the author of The Dream Chasers; The Red Bindi on Diwali. She has also penned some of her stories as Claudette Oduor.


Hear Okwiri in her own words:


UP AND COMING

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.

MŨKOMA WA NGŨGI: LITERARY WRITING

Mũkoma wa Ngũgi is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University. He has also authored three fiction novels, Mrs. Shaw; Black Star Nairobi; Nairobi Heat; and a book of poetry, Hurling Words at ConsciousnessHe was shortlisted for the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing and 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing.
Mukoma is the son of renowned Kenyan novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o. With writing running in the family, his sisters Wanjiku wa Ngugi, Njoki wa Ngugi  and brother Nducu wa Ngugi have also carved their own paths in the writing world.


Hear Mukoma in his own words:


UP AND COMING

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.


Mũkoma wa Ngũgi: CC Image courtesy of talatu-carmen on Flickr