Gloria Mwaniga Minage Odary
Gloria Mwaniga Minage Odary grew up in a blue house full of books, music, siblings, and stories. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Nairobi, she set out to teach and thus hang out with her favorite crowd in the world, children, and teenagers.
Gloria splits her time among three towns, Kabarnet where she teaches Geography and Business Studies, Kakamega, her muse town and the place where she gets to listen to family stories and Nairobi where she visits so as to keep tabs with her literary friends and the publishing community.
She writes regularly for the Arts and Culture pages of two of Kenya’s leading newspapers, The Saturday Nation and The East African. Gloria has also published two children’s books with Moran Publishers East Africa. Her first short story Boyi was shortlisted for the 2016 International Writivism Short Story Competition and subsequently published by the South African publishing house Black Letter Media in the Anthology titled Sundown. She has also been published in the Johannesburg Review of Books. Gloria, who is a 2017 Ebedi Residency Fellow, had her creative non-fiction book proposal shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship.
She enjoys reading a wide range of books among them creative non-fiction, children’s literature, contemporary fiction, classics, biographies, Young Adult Fiction, and Short Stories. Her favorite writers include Okwiri Oduor, Euphrase Kezilahabi, Wole Soyinka, Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Adichie, Marjorie Holmes, Katherine Mansfield, Sandra Cisneros, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Truman Capote.
When not writing, reading, or teaching, Gloria loves traveling to the East African Coast of the Indian Ocean and to far off new places where she can learn new cultures and eat strange foods. She hopes to one day grow a flower garden with Tiger Lilies and orange Nandi Flames and pink Bougainvillea bushes.