Author, Researcher, Peace & Conflict Professional


  • 2016/2017 apexart New York City (NYC) Fellow
  • 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
  • 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
  • Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK  Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week


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Poets from all over the world are invited to submit their original poems to the 2016 Mombasa poetry anthology. This anthology is organized by the Kenyan society of poets and literary scholars. It is out of literary and cultural recognition of the historical fact that Mombasa and its environs is home to man, it is an indisputable home to all types of people in all their capacities and stations.

It is historically evident that, at least a European, an African, Asian, Indian, American, Australian or Chinese have a home in Mombasa. This has been the case from as early as 7 AD when the Oman Arabs landed at the east African coast in the monsoon wind-driven dhows.

This anthology will be published Kenya, as a print version latest by December 2016, under the title, ANTHEM OF HOPE. The anthology will have a collection of 2000 poems, written in English, or written in any other language but accompanied with a translation to English. Each poet is allowed to submit three poems, a poem must not exceed 500 words, all poems must be submitted as one document of MS word attachment, the font types to be used are times Romans, the size is 12. The poem can be in any style without having creativity of the poet being decimated by traditional literary canonicity, but as long as the poem will be addressing and not limited to the following themes in relation to Mombasa;

1. Mombasa city and other towns around Mombasa like Kisimayu, Lamu, Kibino,Hola, Mpeketoni, Bamburi, Malindi, Watamu, Gede, Matsangoni, Kilifi, Vipingo, Takaungu, Mtwapa, Shimo la tewa, Bamburi, Likoni, Ukunda, Msambweni, Lunga Lunga, Vanga, Shimoni, Tanga, Msofala, Dar es Salam and Zanzibar, as well as Mariakani, Voi, Taita Taveta and Arusha.

2. Mombasa people, The Miji-kenda, Arabs, Europeans, Bajuni, Indians, and any other in relation to Mombasa.

3. Mombasa features like the Indian ocean, Likon ferry, Fort  Jesus, beaches, Vasco da Gama pillar, Nyali bridge, Makupa Cause Way and any other feature.

4. Mombasa populations; Christians, Muslims, LGBTI, drug addicts, the hard of hearing, visually impaired, scrotal elephantiasis victims, little people, djinis and any other in relation to Mombasa.

5. Mombasa fauna and flora, Kilifi trees, mango trees, palm wine trees, crow birds, cats, flies, vultures, snakes and pythons.

6. Mombasa cultures, women-folk, weddings, music, donkey-games, stick-games and any other in relation to Mombasa.

7. Mombasa city dynamics, hustles, bustles, Al Shabaab, job seeking, youths and behaviour and any other theme.

8. Overall themes to be addressed under the Mombasa city context are; the Indian Ocean and poetry, family, human rights, climate change, security, poverty, pollution, globalization, migration, corruption, cosmopolitanism, culture, language, war, refugees, natural resources and any other theme pertinent to Mombasa.

Vulgar, racist, prejudicial or any hate perpetrating poems will not be published, For the poets that will have their poems published there will be a ceremony of spoken word and poetry reading from the published poems in early December 2016 (exact date will be communicated) at Sarova White Sands Beach Hotel.

The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2016. Notifications on whether your poem has been accepted for publication is 31 August 2016.

Submit your poems along with a bio note of not more than 500 words to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with a serial number and a scanned copy of the slip for payment of the handling fees of Kenya shillings 500 or 5 US dollars for the three poems. The account to pay in is Standard Chartered Bank (Kenya) account number; 0100310788200 the swift code is; SCBLKENX and bank code is 02

Five winning poets will be prized in the following order; the first poet will win 5000 US dollars, second poet will win 4000 US dollars, the third will win 3000 US dollars, 2000 US dollars, and lastly 1000 US dollars.

Each published poet will get two copies of the anthology for free. This call out was posted by Alexander Opicho:

Further questions for clarification about the Mombasa Poetry anthology can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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