Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ
Mũkoma was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois, USA, but raised in Kenya, before returning to the United States for his university education. He holds a BA in Political Science from Albright College and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he specialized in how questions of authorized and unauthorized English, or standard and non-standard English, influenced literary aesthetics in Romantic Britain and Independence-Era Africa. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University.
He is the author of Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change (reviewed by New Internationalist) and Hurling Words at Consciousness (poetry, Africa World Press, 2006). He is also a columnist for BBC Focus on Africa magazine and former co-editor of Pambazuka News.
He has published poems in Tin House Magazine, Chimurenga, Brick magazine, Smartish Pace, and Teeth in the Wind, One Hundred Days (Barque Press); New Black Writing (John Wiley and Sons); Réflexions sur le Génocide rwandais/Ten Years Later: Reflections on the Rwandan Genocide (L'Harmattan Press).
He has published political essays and columns in the LA Times, Radical History Review, World Literature Today, Mail and Guardian, Zimbabwe’s Herald, Kenya’s Daily Nation, the EastAfrican, Kwani? journal, and zmag.org among other publications. His short story "How Kamau Wa Mwangi Escaped into Exile" was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2009 and is included in the anthology Work in Progress - And Other Stories (Caine Prize: Annual Prize for African Writing) (New Internationalist, 2009). His work was also shortlisted for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing.
Some of Mũkoma's poems have been archived on Badilisha Poetry X-Change
- Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change (2003) ISBN 0-7974-2561-6
- Hurling Words at Consciousness (2006) ISBN 1-59221-463-0
- Nairobi Heat (2009) ISBN 978-1-935554-64-6
- Black Star Nairobi (2013) ISBN 978-1-612192-10-9
- Mukoma Wa Ngugi website.
- Open Book, Cape Town, 2013.
- Mukoma Wa Ngugi biography, Department of English, Cornell University.
- "Previous shortlisted writers", The Caine Prize.
- "How Kamau Wa Mwangi Escaped into Exile".
- "Penguin Books SA announces shortlist for Penguin Prize for African Writing", 1 July 2010.
- Author's website.
- Column archive at The Guardian
- Profile at Mad Poetry
- Profile at Writers.net
- Toward an Africa without Borders Organization
- New Internationalist review of Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change
- Lunga Mkila, "The Enigma of Ethnic Violence: Mukoma wa Ngugi’s Novel “Killing Sahara”, The Con, October 17, 2013.
- Webcast at the Library of Congress, 12 March 2013