Mapanje, Jack

About Jack Mapanje

Biography (Poetry Foundation)



Brackenbury, Alison. "Review of Greetings from Grandpa." PN Review, vol. 44, no. 3, 2018

Okoro, Dike. "Review of Greetings from Grandpa." World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 2, 2017

Chalamanda, Fiona Johnson. "Review of Shipping without Ropes." World Literature Today, vol. 73, no. 4, 1999



Alonso Breto, Isabel. Some Reflections about Barbarism in Africa, 2004

Saleh, Ahmed. "Interview with Jack Mapanje." Towards a Transcultural Future : Literature and Human Rights in a 'Post'-Colonial World, Marsden and Davis (eds.), 2004



Autobiography/Life Writing

And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night (2011)


Poetry Collections

The Beasts of Nalunga (2007)

The Last of the Sweet Bananas (2004)

Shipping without Ropes (1999)

The Chattering Wagtails of Mikuyu Prison (1993)

Of Chameleons and Gods (1981)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Jack Mapanje Talks about His Time in Prison and Reads from his Work. YouTube, 17 Jan. 2019

Jack Mapanje Reads The Note on Returning Home. YouTube, 9 Oct. 2013

Jack Mapanje Reads from His Work. YouTube, 26 Jul. 2012