Kahini Programs

All Kahini events, whether online or in-person, focus on craft, community, and inspiration

Kahini is a Bengali word meaning story, or tale—but not an ordinary story: an extraordinary one. Similarly, Kahini is all about creating extraordinary creative-writing experiences focused on the craft of writing, the community of writing, and the ongoing inspiration of the writing life. 

To do this, we publish Kahini Quarterly; facilitate Kahini+; and host writing retreats in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi (January); Negril, Jamaica (April); Las Vegas, Nevada (May); Waikoloa, Hawaiʻi Island (July); and Lahaina, Maui (October).

Writers at the 2019 Kauaʻi Writers’ Retreat

Kahini developed from the “Conversations Across Borders” project (2011-2013), which brought together writers from all over the world to create new work through a series of paired writing collaborations.

Writers Ananya Sarkar, Ssekandi Ssegujja Ronald, and Jordan Hartt all met through the Project, and in 2014 began running both online and in-person writing programs. Wairimu Mwangi joined the Kahini team in 2015: Julia Hands and Megan Robinson joined the Kahini team in 2021.

Since 2014

Our Conscience Statement 
The craft of writing, the community of writing, and the inspiration of the writing life build connection and empathy, providing a deeper quality of life.

Our Vision Statement
Our vision is a world of increased connection and empathy.

Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide the highest levels of writing craft, writing community, and the inspiration of the writing life.


Who We Are 

To steward and grow Kahini Quarterly, we are a team of editors who seek out, invite in, listen to, learn from, and share the essential artistic writing of our time. We both shape and are shaped by the artistic writing we publish.

Ananya Sarkar is a short-story writer, book reviewer, and poet. Her work has been published in such magazines as The Times of India, Woman’s Era, New Woman, 4indianwoman, Children’s World, KidsWorldFun, Muse India, Induswomanwriting, Conversations Across Borders, Indian Ruminations, Earthen Lamp Journal, Spark and The Madras Mag. Ananya won the first prize in both the Story Writing Contest by the American Library, Kolkata, as part of the Fiction Festival 2008 and the Induswomanwriting Poetry Contest, 2012.

Julia Hands is a writer and editor out of Seattle. She is the current Editor-in-Chief at the Crab Creek Review and has fiction and poetry published in or forthcoming from such publications as Cream City Review, Whale Road Review, and The Florida Review‘s online publication Aquifer.


Megan Robinson is a fiction and hybrid-genre writer local to the Pacific Northwest and the Upper Midwest. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Gonzaga University, and supports herself by writing digital marketing content for a number of board games publishers. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Ssekandi Ronald Ssegujja is the founder of Writing Our World, an organization in Uganda that uses writing, debate and spoken word to give a platform to people to express themselves. He is an events organizer who also runs the the writers’ club ‘Coffee and Books’ that happens monthly in Kampala. In 2014, his story ‘Walls and Borders’ won the Eastern Africa Writivism Literary prize.

Wairimu Mwangi is the founder of the Literature Africa Foundation. Her novels are available widely; her educational textbooks are used in schools across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana. She is passionate about quality education for all and believes that without books or material to read, literacy suffers and when literacy suffers, opportunities decline. She enjoys mentoring youth, storytelling, travelling, reading and meditating.

Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018).

His lifework is creating experiences where people find the writing craft to reach for their best artistic and human selves, find the writing community to connect with others, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

To do this, he edits Kahini Quarterly; facilitates Kahini+; and hosts five annual writing retreats: one each in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Maunaloa, Molokaʻi; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lahaina, Maui; and Waikoloa, Hawaiʻi Island. A little more about his ethos, if interested.