Kahini is a Bengali word meaning story, or tale—but not an ordinary tale: an extraordinary one.
Similarly, we at Kahini seek to celebrate the globe’s extraordinary voices by publishing the essential literary work of our time, from poets and writers all over the world.
Kahini developed from the Conversations Across Borders project (2011-2013), which brought together writers from every continent 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 we began cross-border writing collaborations. Wairimu Mwangi joined the Kahini team in 2015, and Julia Hands and Megan Robinson joined in 2021.
After seven years as a quarterly, we now publish as a weekly, delivered to subscriber email in-boxes each and every week. Each edition includes a new artistic work; a new interview with an essential, contemporary writer; and an hour-long writing meditation.
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 present the highest levels of writing craft, writing community, and the ongoing 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.
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 is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University and writes digital marketing content for a number of board games publishers.
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). A third collection, “Paradise,” is forthcoming in 2021.
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 serves as the publisher of Kahini Weekly. A little more about his ethos, if interested.