2023 KPF Poets
Dr. Joseph Mzee Muleka (Kenya)
Joseph Muleka is a writer, critic, scholar, musician and educationist. He holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Literature, University of Nairobi. He has published in numerous local and international journals, on subjects of literature, culture, theory and gender, with a seminal paper: “Theory in the Study of African Oral Literature: The Oral Artist’s Agenda,” published in Journal of Arts & Humanities. His complete works in the area of gender include Images of Women in African Oral Literature and Girl Characters in Children’s Books: A Patriarchal Portrait. He has further served as an editor for journals, including: NGANO Journal for Kenya Oral Literature Association; Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, of South Africa; and, Pathways to African Feminism and Development: Journal of African Women’s Studies Centre, University of Nairobi. Muleka has also written student guides, short stories and story books for junior readers. Some of the titles for the junior readers category include: Naomi and the Cannibals; Naomi in her New School; Naomi the Detective (Nominated for The Wahome Mutahi Prize for Literature, 2014); Naomi’s Stories; Naomi and Cindy; A Terrible Disease and Lion the King. He has also collected poetry under the title “Three Sides of a Coin” from which he has read individual titles during Kistrech Festivals and from which a selection was made and translated into German and French to serve as set pieces for Universities’ (KUPAA) Festival of 2023. More of his poems have been published in international poetry anthologies, such as: Musings during a Time of a Pandemic: A World Anthology of Poems on COVID-19; and, I Can’t Breathe: A Poetic Anthology of Social Justice. He is also working on an anthology of short stories by the title “The Brick Fence” as well as a play by the title “The African Bride”. Muleka also holds Certificate in Teacher Education – P1 (Mosoriot Teachers Training College); Dip. Ed (Kagumo College); B.Ed. (The Catholic University of Eastern Africa) and MA in Literature (Kenyatta University).