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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Yvonne stunned Kenya’s literary world, when she got short listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing with her first published short story in 2003. This places her at the forefront of excellence in writing on the continent. Her winning work “Weight of Whispers” is currently being serialized in The East African.

Andia Kisia
Andia Kisia has the rare ability to combine powerful creative narratives with big ideas. She has won two BBC Africa playwriting competitions. Her short story “A Likely Story” stunned readers with its incisive take on Kenya’s political past and present, woven in an amazing tapestry of ambitious themes. Her play “The Roosting” presented at Phoenix Players, was lauded as setting a new standard for younger playwrights in Kenya.

Parsalelo Kantai
Is one of Kenya’s leading investigative journalists. He is also the editor of Ecoforum. His Ecoforum cover story, “A Deal in the Mara” took six months to complete, and has thrown light on the business practices of the Mara Conservancy.

Stanley Gazemba
Stanley recently published his first novel, “The Stone Hills of Maragoli”, a book that took readers on an intimate journey into the lives of part-time workers on a tea estate, for the first time. Gazemba has an exceptional ability to make characters come to life. He had struggled hard to make it as a writer, working as a gardener in Nairobi, and writing on an old typewriter.

Judy Kibinge
Though she is better known as a groundbreaking film director, Judy Kibinge is one of our leading writing talents. She is compiling a series of short stories.

Muhonjia Khaminwa
Muhonjia Khaminwa is based in the United States. She is flying Kenya’s literary flag high there. She is considered one of America’s leading new writing talents, and has been published several times by “Transitions”, America’s leading black journal.

Binyavanga Wainaina
Is the editor of Kwani? Journal, He has been published widely around the world. Binyavanga won the Caine Prize in 2002 for his short story “Discovering Home”. One of the judges described it this way: "An accomplished and subtly imagined story, shifting between different African locations with wit, wisdom and originality. It is a brilliant augur of future work by this author." His first novel will be published this month.

Alvas Onguru
Alvas was born in the early 70’s in the quaint lakeside town of Kendu Bay. After experimenting with city schools like Jamhuri High and Saint Mary's, rustic instincts led him to the idyllic Moi University, where he occasionally studied for his B.Ed in English and Literature, but much preferred playing rugby and wandering around the pretty countryside. Failing to resist the seductive beckon of the advertising business, he dived in as a trainee copywriter and has been sinking deeper and deeper into the mire ever since. He now sits at the bottom of the murk as Creative Director at the advertising agency of TBWA Creative.

Xujun Eberlein
Xujun Eberlein grew up in China, and received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from MIT in 1995. Her earlier fiction was written in Chinese and has been published in many Chinese literary journals and anthologies. In the fall of 2001 she started writing in English. Since then her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Posse Review, Thought Magazine, Cottonwood, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop’s anthology. She is currently completing a story collection, and has also started a memoir. She lives in Massachusetts, USA with her husband and daughter, and works as a computer algorithm developer.

Betty Wamalwa Muragori
Betty has been described as a multi-talented renaissance woman. She has a degree in Botany and zoology from the University of Nairobi and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Clark University in Massachusetts USA. Together with a friend Betty started a consultancy, Sienna Associates in March 2003. The company provides provocative and insightful research and consultancy support to organizations in the development sector. Betty is married and has one son and just loves being Kenyan.

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