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Name: Moraa Gitaa  
Visiting From: Nairobi, Kenya  
Dates of Fellowship: February 28 - March 29, 2017  
Recommended by: Elizabeth Orchardson
Art Historian and Professor
 
Moraa Gitaa is a believer in social justice and human dignity, and this translates to her writing. In 2014 she won the Burt Award for African Literature for her young adult novella The Shark Attack, which tackles drug abuse and trafficking among teenagers along Kenya’s coastal strip. Moraa was short-listed for the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing and won First Prize in the National Book Development Council of Kenya literary award in 2008. Crucible for Silver & Furnace for Gold was her first novel, followed by Shifting Sands, and her short stories have featured in several anthologies. Storymoja Publishers recently published her first crime fiction novella Hila and Kenya Literature Bureau published her children’s book The Con Artist. She is currently working on a childhood memoir. Moraa is a member of PEN International – the world association of writers.
 
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