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 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
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 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.
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
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.
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 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 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
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.