2019

Christopher Okemwa

Lecturer, Writer and Poet

Kenya

From May 17 to May 24, 2019

Biography —

Personal Website

Christopher Okemwa is a lecturer of Literature as well as the director of the School of Post Graduate Studies at Kisii University, Kenya. He holds a PhD degree in Literature from Moi University, as well as an MA and a Bachelor of Education degree in literature from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He is the founder and director of Kistrech International Poetry Festival in Kenya.

His poetry collections include The Gong (Nsemia Inc., 2010), Purgatorius Ignis (Nsemia Inc., 2016), and Ominous Clouds (Nsemia Inc., 2018). His other collection, The Pieta, to be published by Narcis (Armenia) in 2019, is translated to fifteen languages. He has also published three oral literature texts, a short story collection, three children’s books, as well as five books of folktales of the Abagusii people of Kenya. Okemwa’s novella, Sabina and the Mystery of the Ogre, won 2015 Canadian Burt Award for African Literature (Kenya).

Project —

During my stay at Faber, I want to write one long love poem for my wife. This love letter will be titled Love Letter from Catalonia or Love from the city of Olot. It will comprise of musings, dreams, desires and longings for my wife. In the process of writing this, tradition and cultural practices of my community will weave themselves in, vis-à-vis experiences of my stay in the host country (Catalonia).  My publisher, Nsemia Inc. Publisher, will be in a position to publish this book of poem. The front cover of the book will bear the acknowledgement to Faber Residence.