2018 Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing
Welcome to Makena's World of Words
Makena was awarded the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Bristol Prize and is a nominee for the 2020 Best of the Net Awards.
Following her Caine Prize win, she founded the Nairobi Fiction Writing Workshop (NF2W) where she teaches the craft of fiction to new and emerging writers. She had recently edited and published "Digital Bedbugs" the first, annual NF2W anthology featuring 12 of the writers who participated in the workshop in 2018 and 2019.
"A Blanket of Roaches" in Adroit Journal, October 2020.
"Black Beauty" in Johannesburg Review of Books, October 2020
"Girl Games" in Granta.com and Bristol Prize Anthology, October 2020
"The Wanting" in StillPoint Magazine, September 2020
"Disassembly" in Fireside Quarterly, Summer 2020
"What Girls Want in the Afternoon" in Waxwing, Winter 2020
"Body in Six Parts" in Doek!, Feb 2020
"Mathree" in Nairobi Noir, Feb 2020
"Vashti Refused to Dance" in Jalada, Dec 2019
"Fanta Blackcurrant" in Wasafiri, Feb 2017
"Girl" in Urban Confustions, Jan 2013
"Digital Bedbugs", 2019 Anthology of the Nairobi Fiction Writing Workshop