Postcolonial art production
Okwiri Oduor was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Her short story My Father’s Head won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing as well as the 2013 Short Story Day Africa’s Feast, Famine and Potluck story contest. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including No Tokens, Kwani?, The New Inquiry, Africa Writing Online, Bloomsbury, and New Internationalist. In 2013, she directed the inaugural Writivism Literary Festival in Kampala, Uganda. She was a 2014 fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. In 2015, she was a fellow at the Art OMI Ledig House in New York, as well as a Lanan Center visiting writer at the Georgetown University in Washington DC. In 2017, she was a visiting writer for “stimmen afrikas” in Cologne and Düsseldorf. Her radio essay, Polly of Kinshasa Street, was published by BBC Radio 3 in conjunction with The Wellcome Trust. Okwiri has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her debut novel, Things They Lost, is forthcoming from Scribner. She currently lives in Germany.