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Ghana | July 14, 2008

Join us in Kokrobitey, Ghana at the Kokrobitey Coastal Village Retreat on July 14 at 7 p.m. for poetry readings from Matthew Sharpe, Salini Gidoomal, Fran Gordon and an open mic session. Music will be provided by Grandmaster Masese.

Ghana | July 6, 2008

As part of the inaugural Pan African Literary Forum (PALF) there will be two special Sunday Salon readings in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, West Africa. The two events will feature prose as well as poetry from renowned writers of diverse backgrounds. In addition to the current sister series’ locations in New York, Chicago, and Nairobi, Kenya, these events in Ghana, hosted by June Wanjiru Wainaina, may bring to birth Sunday Salon readings in new landscapes. Join us in Accra, Ghana at 7 p.m. on July 6th, Jazz Tome, at The Chelsea Hotel and enjoy these readers:

Dr. …

Peter Chepkonga

Peter Chepkonga grew up in Eldoret and can run very fast. He writes for KASS magazine.

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.

Makena Ringera

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 of romance and some bad grammar. Good luck sent Makena across the Atlantic to Amherst College in 2006 where she is a devote Economics student. Having learned a thing or two in creative writing classes, she is working on a rewrite of ‘Twin Webs’.

Gitura Kamau

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.”

Nairobi Reading Excerpt: The Obama Look by Samuel Munene

It is amazing how easy it is for us to judge people by first appearances. We look at what they wear, what they drive or even how they smile and make instant conclusions. Perhaps we have so much in our minds, leaving us no room to dig deeper before making any assumptions.

Hand in hand with this is the distrust we have cultivated between us. The very first minutes of any conversation are filled with suscipiscion, doubting every word being said. It is as if the truth no longer exists. This is not surprising considering most of us are dishonest and think everybody is the same. There are some of us, …

Nairobi Reading Excerpt: A Glimpse of Life

Here’s a excerpt of Ken Kamoche’s reading at Salon Narobi titled A Glimpse of Life, 2nd prize winner of the Olaudah Equiano Prize for African Fiction, 2007.

“As a man you can’t understand this. To you, it’s simply a problem. But hey, don’t worry, I’m not going to get you into any trouble. I can handle this on my own. I don’t need your help.”

Her stinging remarks and her demeanor make my insides cramp up. She makes it sound as if I don’t care if there’s a child growing up in China believing cowardly daddy ran away back to Africa, unwilling to face up to his responsibilities. She thinks I can …

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