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); Maunaloa, Molokaʻi (April); Las Vegas, Nevada (May); Lahaina, Maui (July); and Waikoloa, Hawaiʻi Island (October).
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.
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.
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. She was also a prize winner in the LoudReview Review Writing Competition, 2012 and Writers’ HQ Story Competition, 2016. Reading books, watching sitcoms and going for long walks are her favourite hobbies.
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.
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.
Hartt’s 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 Puako, Hawaiʻi Island. A little more about his ethos, if interested.