Professional and Biographical Information

Peter Kimani works across four main areas: creative writing, African literature, postcolonial studies and journalism. His research explores the relationship between culture and the politics of identity and representation in colonial and postcolonial Africa.

He is the author of three novels: Before the Rooster CrowsUpside Down, and, most recently, Dance of the Jakaranda, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. A critic for that newspaper remarked: “I have never read a novel about [Kenya] that’s so funny, so perceptive, so subversive and so sly.”

Kimani was one of three international poets commissioned by National Public Radio to compose a poem for Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. He is a founding faculty member of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya, and is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College.