Kwani? Open Mic September 2009

Featuring: King’wa Kamencu
MC: Cindy Ogana
Date: 1st September 2009
Venue: Club Soundd
Time: 7pm
Entry: 100 Ksh

About the Featured Poet
Kingwa Kamencu is an award winning Kenyan writer and author of ‘To grasp at a Star’. She writes widely in different genres. Her work has been published in ‘The Jambula Tree and other Stories’, ‘Sable Lit mag’ (UK) and by FEMRITE (Uganda) as well as in local dailies and magazines. She was a writer in residence in the 2008 Femrite Regional Women Writers Residence in Uganda and a participant of the 2008 Caine Prize writers workshop in South Africa . She will read from a poetry anthology she is working on, ‘My Soul Strives, my Body Craves’.

Her biggest influences in poetry are local poets Muthoni Garland, Bantu Mwaura, Shailja Patel, Tony Mochama, Ndanu Mungala, Njeri Wangari, Philo Ikonya, Khainga Okwembah, Jacob Oketch and Wanjiku Mwaurah among many other hugely talented others. Out of Kenya she has been influenced by Tupac Shakur, Bertolt Brecht, Leopold Senghor, Anna Akhmatova and Epictetan philosophies.

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