Kahini Magazine

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KAH_MAGKahini literary magazine is designed to result in the the creation, revision, and publication of your writing. Subscribe below! Want to make a one-time purchase, instead? Please follow this link or contact [email protected]

Each month, you receive the beautiful Kahini e-journal, which features three creative-writing craft lectures (and access to past archived lectures); interviews with vital, contemporary writers working in Africa, the Americas, Eurasia, and Oceania; classic and contemporary book reviews; and three new works of literary art in poetry, prose, and cross-genre work.

Participants in our 2017 Maui Writers' Retreat discuss a story's beginning paragraph
Workshop participants in Maui discuss a story’s opening paragraph

All these lectures, interviews, reviews, and new creative works are designed to inspire the creation of new work of your own–writing with new craft tools you never thought possible, and writing in your own true voice, with the eye toward ongoing publication, audience, and payment for your work.

Revise & Publish
By selecting the Critique Subscription or the Editorial Subscription at check-out, you see results and publication of your work much more quickly.
Monthly Subscription: the core experience. Monthly craft lectures; interviews; classic and contemporary book reviews; and three new works of literary art each month in poetry, prose, and cross-genre work. To accelerate your writing, monthly subscribers can also add an editorial session at any time, as you choose.
Critique Subscription: includes a free hour each month of private tutoring of your ongoing work, designed to hone your unique writing voice and share it with the world.
Editorial Subscription: includes ten hours of private monthly tutoring of your ongoing work. This is an MFA-level program, and also includes a free private villa at our annual April residency in Maui.

Kahini magazine contributor Raksha Vasudevan and editor Ssekanda Ronald Ssegujja

Kahini presents the Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat and the Kāpiti Series in Oceania; the Kampala Writers’ Retreat in Africa; and the Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat, Maui Writers’ Retreat, and Desert Writers’ Retreat in the Americas. All Africa and Americas programs are available only to magazine subscribers: Oceania programs are open to anyone, but offer a 15% discount to magazine subscribers.

Jean Paul Seka and American writer Rebecca Brown at the 2015 Kampala Writers' Conference
Contributor Jean Paul Seka and faculty member Rebecca Brown

In addition to all of the above, your subscription helps fund the work of Kahini’s partner organizations Literature Africa Foundation in Kenya and Writing Our World in Uganda, who work locally in schools and communities throughout East Africa, including Tanzania and Rwanda.

Through the very act of reading and growing as a writer, you also transform the lives of the next generation of writers.

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wairimuEditor Wairimu Mwangi is a writer and founder of the Literature Africa Foundation and the author of six novels, including “Sweet Sorrow,” and “The Necklace Beads.” Her educational textbooks are used in schools all across Africa. 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.

IMG-20160112-WA0006-1Editor 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 also a writing-events organizer who 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.

jordan copyManaging Editor Jordan Hartt is a reader, writer, writing teacher, editor, and community & events organizer. His writing has appeared in about forty literary journals; a collection of stories, “Leap,” appeared in 2015. Participants in his writing programs have published in thousands of literary magazines and over two hundred books, and been featured in such venues as the Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Best American Poetry anthologies.