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Gladwell Pamba


First Language(s): Swahili
Second Language(s): English


Gladwell Pamba lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. She has previously been longlisted for the African Writivism Short Story Prize and won Afreada Contest. Her short stories are anthologized and her other works appear in The Offing, Kalahari Review, Kikwetu Journal and upcoming issues of Waxwing Journal and Patchwork Lit Magazine. Gladwell blogs at chingano.com and tweets from @GladwellPamba.


What was your favorite book as a child?

The Last Hunter by David Maillu.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I wanted to document the stories my grandmother told me.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

Running a half-marathon in a wildlife conservancy.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I do! It gets me in the mood. If I'm working on a story set in the countryside for instance, I play traditional music and it enhances my creativity.


Flash Fiction
Evenings in Monroe Apartments
Issue Fall '21

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz