2008 February : Sunday Salon

Eudiah Kamonjo

Eudiah Kamonjo is a 23 year old professional journalist. She has been published in both newspapers and magazines and has also been writing and performing poetry and prose at various venues for years. She spends plenty of time expanding the appreciation of art in Kenya . People who know her describe her as an extremist who loves to explore every aspect of life. She loves honesty, sinful cocktails, strong coffee, books, theatre, seeing a girl dressed up in a tie, dancing, the sea and learning new ways of looking at the world.

Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999), and of the widely celebrated and influential novel, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction. His other awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, The Chicago Public Library’s Twenty-first Century Award, a Recognition for Pioneering Achievements in Fiction from the African American Literature and Culture Association, and a support grant from Creative Capital, and the 2003 Charles Angoff award for fiction from The Literary Review. He has been at fellow at The Center for Scholars and Writers …

Al Kags

Al Kags is the publisher of The Quarterly Colour Series of Poetry, a poetry ebook series that is now distributed virally to over 160,000 people all over the world. He has been writing since he was twelve and has been a regular columnist and feature writer in various publications both in Kenya and Internationally. For a day job, Al Kags is the Chief Executive of Multiple Choices, the first web 2.0 communications company in Africa and a facilitator for Brandscape Online Foundation, specializing in new media and online brands. http://alkags.wordpress.com

Lloyd Igane

Copywriter, writer of indiscriminate little stories, and columnist, has been many things including untrained teacher, accountant, freelance feature writer, amateur dog-house cleaner, creative director, fire-fighter, vehicle brander and unemployed creative bum-about-town.

Born two years before independence – in Chuka, on the slopes of Mt Kenya – he went to local schools where he tended to beat all his classmates; then came A levels at the coast and everything took a nasty turn. Surprised to get 32% in Math, he dropped the subject altogether and spent many a glorious afternoon on the beach, skiving even the subjects he never dropped.

Needless to say, his formal education suffered greatly after that. Until recently when …

Beatrice Lamwaka

Beatrice Lamwaka is the author of ‘Anena’s Vicory’ a supplementary reader in primary schools in Uganda. Her fiction have appeared in Gowanus Books, Women’s World, WordWrite, Words from a Granary. She is one of the pioneers of a British Council writing scheme to link Ugandan writers with established writers in the UK. She is a member of Uganda Women Writer’s Association ( FEMRITE) and Transcend Art and Peace (TAP)-an organization that supports creativity and art in working for peace. She is currently working on her first novel.

Dickson Migiro

Dickson started his career at Level One Productions (Nairobi, Kenya), where he worked on a huge variety of projects including commercials, game shows, wildlife and Factual Documentaries. Since he left there to go freelance in 2002, he has concentrated more on long form projects gaining an excellent reputation at Tiger Aspect where he has just finished working on Seaside Parish 4. In its fourth series, Seaside Parish has exceeded all expectations, so much so they changed the time slot and it gained the highest viewing figures for BBC 2. Dickson is an enthusiastic and talented Cameraman with a directing streak who is passionate about delivering high quality programmes. He’s skilled …

Wairimu Waithaka

Wairimu Waithaka is a soon to be graduate of the University of Nairobi’s School of Medicine. A student of the universe, her stories are based on life experiences seen through her eyes and those of others. ‘Kamikaze Soul’ is her first, mature (hopefully so) piece, only recently completed because after writing the first paragraph, “I got writer’s block until five or so years later”. It is a life story told in three pages. Her other piece, ‘The Mist’ is a mystery laced with subtle comedy; “I like to mix things that conventionally shouldn’t be together, like jam and ham”.

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