Mukoma Wa Ngugi

photo by David Mariampolski        

Mukoma Wa Ngugi, an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University, is the author of Black Star Nairobi (Melville, 2013), Nairobi Heat (Penguin, SA 2009, Melville House Publishing, 2011), an anthology of poetry titled Hurling Words at Consciousness(AWP, 2006) and is a columnist for This is Africa.  He was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2009.  In 2010, he was shortlisted for the Penguin Prize for African Writing for his novel manuscript, The First and Second Books of TransitionMukoma holds a PHD in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University and a BA in English and Political Science from Albright College.  Mrs. Shaw (novel) is forthcoming from Ohio U/Swallow Press.  He is currently working on a scholarly book tentatively titled, Incongruent Counterparts: Language, Politics, And Identity In The Modern African Novel.
A former co-editor of Pambazuka News and political columnist for the BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, his columns have appeared in the Guardian,International Herald Tribune, Chimurenga, Los Angeles Times, South African Labour Bulletin, and Business Daily Africa, and he has been a guest on Democracy Now, Al Jazeera and the BBC World Service. His essays have appeared in World Literature Today, The World Today, Black Commentator, Progressive Magazine and Radical History Review.  His short stories have been published in Wasafiri, African Writing, Kenyon Review and St. Petersburg Review and his poems in the New York Quarterly, Mythium, Brick Magazine, Kwani?, and Tin House Magazine amongst other places. 
Mukoma was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Kenya before returning to the United States for his undergraduate and graduate education. He is currently based in Norwalk, CT.  He is the son of world renowned African writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o
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