Nairobi | August 3, 2008

Nairobi’s coolest prose reading series is gonna get hot this Sunday with the sizzling literary talents of four Kenyan and Ugandan writers, including contributors to the anthology: Missionaries, Mercenaries, and Misfits.

David Kaiza is a Ugandan writer based in Kampala. After working as a journalist for several years with the Daily Monitor, he took a two year hiatus from writing and became a metal worker. This story marks his return to the pen.

Trained as a journalist, Stanley Gazemba lives in Kangemi, Nairobi and writes for Sunday Nation and Msanii Magazine. He is the author of The Stone Hills of Maragoli, …

Heather Robinson

Heather Robinson is a Senior Writer for The New York Daily News’ Big Town Big Heart section, in which she profiles New Yorkers who are making a difference via charitable or humanitarian work. She has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, New York magazine, Time Out New York, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Los Angeles Daily News.

Adina Kay

Adina Kay is a nonfiction writer living in New York City. She is currently finishing her MFA at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and working on a nonfiction novel about growing up and getting caught amidst life, love and landscape in New York and Jerusalem. Her creative writing has been published in the Blood Orange Review and 580 Split. She loves her mother very much despite that crazy set-up.

Alix Strauss

Alix Strauss has been a featured lifestyle trend writer on national morning shows and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN and most recently, VH1. Her articles cover a range of topics, from beauty and food trends to celebrity interviews, appearing in an array of publications and newspapers such as: The New York Times, The New York Post, and Daily News, as well as national magazines: Time Magazine, Town & Country Travel, Travel & Leisure Golf, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Self, Time Out, Wine Enthusiast, Esquire and Departures, among others. Her collection of shorts,The Joy of Funerals is the recent winner of the Ingram Award, and was named Best Debut Novel …

NYC | July 20, 2008

Oh boy, have we got a treat for you at our first annual, themed “Have I got a guy for you” Salon reading with these writers:

Have I Got a Guy for You: What Really Happens When Mom Fixes You UpThe Joy of Funerals: A Novel in StoriesAlix Strauss has been a featured lifestyle trend writer on national morning shows and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN and most recently, VH1. Her articles cover a range of topics, from beauty and food trends to celebrity interviews, appearing in an array of publications and newspapers such as: The New York …

Nairobi | July 20, 2008

Four readers, four unique voices, in a tranquil outdoor setting. An evening of entertainment for discerning lovers of the written word.

Gitura Kamau is a young Nairobi theatre and film actor who has recently begun to direct his own movies. His first feature film, “Wangai’s Cross,” was shot in Nairobi and premiered June 18th, 2008. Kamau is currently involved in several film projects, including his second film, “Odohoz.”

Makena Ringera (formerly known to use ‘Jackline’ but discarded it after discovering herself to be African) took pen to paper at age 15. The result of that effort was ‘The Mystery of the Twin Webs’, a fantasy novel laced with thrilling adventures, a pinch …

Siphiwo Mahala

Siphiwo Mahala is a South African writer who has also published articles in national newspapers and magazines such as Sunday Times, The Deal, Classic Feel, etc. He has contributed short stories to several anthologies including Nobody Ever Said AIDS: Poems and Stories from Southern Africa( Kwela 2004); A is for Ancestors: Stories from the Caine Prize (Jacana, 2004), and Words Gone Two Soon: A Tribute to Phaswane Mpe and K. Sello Duiker (Stotaville Media, 2005). He joined the National Department of Arts and Culture as the deputy Director for Books and Publishing in 2004. His academic qualifications include a BA …

Yusef Komunyakaa

Yusef Komunyakaa was born 1947 and raised in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Served in Vietnam as an information specialist, saw combat, and received the Bronze Star. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he also received masters degrees form the University of California, Irvine as well as Colorado State University. After teaching at the University of New Orleans, Komunyakaa was a professor at Indiana University. In 1997, he began teaching at Princeton University where he is a professor in the Council of Humanities and Creative Writing. Wesleyan has published six of his ten books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Neo-Vernacular (1993), which also won the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award from the Claremont Graduate School, …

Dr. Hope Eghagha

Dr. Hope Eghagha, better known as a poet, is equally a novelist and playright. A senior lecturer in the Department of English, University of Lagos, he is also a visiting member of The Guardian Newspaper Editorial Board.

An Urhobo from Delta State of Nigeria, the 1982 graduate of Theatre Arts, Unijos, has so far published six literary works. His debut was a play, Death, Not a Redeemer, in 1998. Others include four collections of poetry: Rhythm of the Last Testament, This Story must not be told, The Governor’s Lodge, and Premonitions and other Dreams. His novel is entitled Emperors of Salvation.

Dr. Abena P.A. Busia

Dr. Abena P.A. Busia, co-director of the groundbreaking Women Writing Africa Project, a multi-volume anthology published by the feminist Press at CUNY. As Busia points out, “history is located in multiple places”. This collection is designed to recognize “cultural production” of African and Indian women for the first time. She is also co-editor of Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel, (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2005). In addition to her leadership of the Women Writing Africa project, Professor Busia is the author of Theorising Black feminisms (Routledge, 1993) and many articles and book chapters on topics including black women’s writing, black feminist criticism, and African literature. Her scholarship …

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