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2018 Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing

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Makena was awarded the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2020 Bristol Prize, and the 2022 NOMMO short story award. She was a Best of the Net Nominee in 2020 and her story "In the Forest of Talking Animals" was selected for the 2023 Locus Recommended Reading List.

Makena completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at Amherst College where she studied fiction writing with Alexander Chee, Judith Frank, and Sue Miller. She took her Master's degree in Fine Arts (Fiction) at New York University and studied with Aleksander Hemon, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, David Lipsky, Brian Morton, Rick Moody, and Emily Barton.

Following her Caine Prize win, she founded the Nairobi Writing Academy where she taught the craft of fiction to new and emerging writers and collaborated with other writers to teach other forms of creative writing, between 2018 and 2021. 

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As editor and publisher:

  • Equipoise 2020 Anthology of the Nairobi Writing Academy

  • Digital Bedbugs 2019 Anthology of the Nairobi Fiction Writing Workshop

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