Nairobi | May 18, 2008

The literary talent is bursting at the seams in Kenya. Poets, writers, and a vodka connoisseur keep it real at the next Sunday Salon Nairobi!

Alison Ojany Owuor is a young published poet who has presented her work in different public forums. She got her voters card and also graduated from college late last year. She is looking for three things: meaningful work, Kenyans who are of the ethnic group enyan, and hopeful imaginings in red, green, white and black.

Kinyanjui Kombani is a graduate of Kenyatta University. His book, The Last Villains of Molo was born out of Kinyanjui’s experiences both at Molo and Ng’ando, the Nairobi slum he lived in for 5 years, and research into the events that led to the 1992 ethnic clashes. Kinyanjui’s other works include: Wangari Maathai: Mother of Trees (Longhorn Publishers), We Can Be Friends (Longhorn Publishers) and Mizoga, a film produced for the Born Free Foundation. He is married to Wangui Kombani.

Naliaka Wafula is a journalist/writer and poet (who once dabbled but is now engrossed) currently residing in Nairobi. Together with her Project Heshima team she organises and hosts Rhythm and spoken at the Dass Restaurant in Westlands. She also writes a weekly column in a local daily under a yet to be disclosed pseudonym. This will be her first time to read out her prose at the Sunday Salon, she is optimistic about the literary scene in Kenya and believes its only a matter of time before promising Kenyan talent is read and heard across the world loud and clear.

Tony ‘smitta’ Mochama is a poet and journalist who lives and works in Nairobi. A Law graduate, Tony is also a vodka connoisseur, gossip columnist extraordinaire, and has a collection of short stories coming out soon titled – ‘The ruins down in Africa’. He has also been called a ‘literary gangster’, from time to rhyme. His collection of poetry, ‘What If I am a Literary Gangster?’ was published by Brown Bear Insignia in 2007.


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