Established in 2003, Kwani? Trust is a Kenyan based literary network dedicated to developing quality creative writing and committed to the growth of the creative industry through the publishing and distribution of contemporary African writing, offering training opportunities, producing literary events and establishing and maintaining global literary networks. Our vision is to create a society that uses its stories to see itself more coherently.
Our flagship publication, Kwani?, is a journal founded by some of Kenya’s most exciting new writers and has 6 print editions to date, each containing more than 300 pages of new journalism, fiction, experimental writing, poetry, cartoons, photographs, cutting edge academic papers, ideas, literary travel writing & creative non-fiction.
Billy Kahora is Kwani? Managing Editor and below is his interview with Smart Monkey on new wave of writers and publishing of Kenyan literature, its rebirth in the post-Moi era, the new rising talents, and the challenges the publishing industry faces in adapting to the digital era.