Nairobi | March 8, 2009

This month’s Sunday Salon will feature poetry and prose readings from Kenya’s premier literary magazine Kwani? 05. (Part 1 is already in bookstores!) The featured writers will be: Neema Mawiyoo, Mike Kwambo, Wilson Wahome, Muthoni Garland, and Samuel Munene.

Mshai Mwangola will host the night and will read poetry from Stephen Partington and Marjorie Oludhe.

Neema Ngwatilo Mawiyoo grew up singing in church in Nairobi, Kenya, but it was while at university that Ngwatilo’s relationship with music took a definitive turn. She embarked on a quest for self that took her to Johannesburg, South Africa to study the role of Kwaito music in shaping post-apartheid urban youth identity. There Ngwatilo found the stuff of poems spewing out of impassioned exchanges with friends, thick in the air at a particular Jozi reading, and alone with her on the road between Venda and Johannesburg. There was little to do but hold on. Her poetry appears on Kwani? 05.

Muthoni Garland is the author of the novella, Tracking the Scent of My Mother, published by Storymoja among other stories. She has contributed to Kwani? 05.

Samuel Munene is a freelance writer. He has contributed to Kwani? 05.


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