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JKS Makokha

Berlin, Germany

JKS Makokha is a Kenyan author and academic living in Berlin, Germany. He is one of the newest voices of the fourth generation of African writers that includes artists and critics born after 1960. Reading M.G. Vassanji: A Contextual Approach to Asian African Fiction (2009) is the title of his critical introduction to the fiction of one of East Africa's leading novelists today. Makokha has taught courses in African and South Asian literatures in institutions of secondary and tertiary education both in Kenya and Somaliland. He is currently based at the Institüt für Englische Philologie at Freie Universität Berlin. His poetry has been published in a number of new African journals of creative writing. JKS Makokha is also a regular contributor to discussions on culture, higher education and the arts in both print and electronic media in Kenya.

Interests: The literary history of Africa and the South Asian Diasporas; Imagism and Minimalism as movements in 20th century poetry.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Reading M. G. Vassanji: A Contextual Approach to Asian African Fiction