Oprah Magazine Praises New Memoir from Kenyan Writer and Bard College Achebe Center Director Binyavanga Wainaina
Wainaina is founding editor and publisher of Kwani? a leading African literary magazine based in Kenya. He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing, and has written for Vanity Fair, Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta, Harper’s, and the New York Times. He was born in Nakuru, Kenya, and studied commerce at the University of Transkei (now Walter Sisulu University) in the former Trasnkei Region of South Africa, after which he worked in Cape Town as a freelance food and travel writer. His other awards include the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Prize for Short Fiction and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship.
The Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists was established in 2005 to further the legacy of Chinua Achebe, Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature, who taught at Bard from 1990 to 2009. The center seeks to create dynamic projects for the most talented of a new generation of writers and artists of African origin. The Achebe Center is based at Bard College, and operates all over the continent of Africa—throughout the world when necessary—always looking for new literary adventures, always creating exciting possibilities, always driven to create new platforms and interactions for exciting writers and artists to collaborate and produce. For more information, visit achebecenter.bard.edu.
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Bard Prision Intiative Students and First Full Class of Bard Microcollege Students Earn Degrees in Ceremonies this May
- Author and Journalist Meline Toumani to Teach Course at Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City
- New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Delivered Commencement Address at Bard College’s One Hundred Fifty-Ninth Commencement on Saturday, May 25, 2019
Tony Award Nominee Daniel Fish Directs Acquanetta, A Visual and Musical Tour-de-Force by Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman, at Bard SummerScape (July 11–21)