Ken Walibora Waliaula holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Cultural Studies from the Ohio State University, USA. He now serves as an Assistant Professor of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. His research interests cover culture, memory, trauma, world literature, postcolonial literature, Anglophone African continental and diasporic literatures, and Swahiliphone literature. He is a prolific Kiswahili fiction writer with a literary oeuvre exceeding thirty titles and has won several awards. He won the Jomo Kenyatta Literature Prize twice with his Swahili texts, Ndoto ya Amerika (An American Dream) in 2003 and Kisasi Hapana(No to Revenge)in 2009. He has published a number of book chapters and articles in academic journals including Research in African Literatures and Journal of the Association of African Literature(JALA),and Journal of African Language Teachers Association(JALTA) and Masculinity in African Cultural and Literary Texts. He is currently working on a book project addressing the literature of Kenyan political prisoners.