Novelist, poet, and essayist Mukoma Wa Ngugi is the author of Nairobi Heat (Melville, 2011), an anthology of poetry titled Hurling Words at Consciousness (AWP, 2006) and is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University. He was short listed for the Caine Prize for African writing in 2009. He has also been shortlisted for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing for his novel manuscript, The First and Second Books of Transition. Nairobi Black Star (Melville) is forthcoming in the summer of 2013.
Mukoma was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Kenya before returning to the United States for his undergraduate and graduate education. He is currently based in Norwalk, CT. He is the son of World renowned African writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o.