John Mukonzi Musyoki
John Mukonzi Musyoki is a poet, playwright, dramaturge, and an aspiring novelist. He is currently a graduate student in the University of Alberta pursuing an M.A in Drama. Mukonzi graduated from Kenyatta University in Kenya on July 2016 with a B.A in English, Linguistics and Literature. Before immigrating into Canada, Mukonzi worked as an Assistant English Creatives Editor for Longhorn Publishers Kenya Limited. John has been in Canada for a year and has worked as a dramaturge and a researcher in Workshop West, Timms Centre Studio Theatre and the University of Alberta Drama Department.
As an artist John has received mentorship and support from Vern Thiessen, Cheryl Foggo, Colleen Murphy, Meg Braem, Jesse Lipscombe and Nasra Adem. Mukonzi is passionate on mediating ways in which storytelling can be used to bring the society together by making it a fecund forum for discussion, deliberation and (re)consideration. John loves writing stories and plays that challenge conventions, fallacies and oppressive/marginalizing viewpoints. Mukonzi’s first play Beyond the Darkness: The Golden Handshake received its first stage reading in New Works Festival this fall and will be work-shopped further in BAM! (Black Arts Matter) through Workshop West Playwrights Theatre this February.
Mukonzi is thrilled to organise and facilitate ‘My Place in The World’ which is an artistic expressive platform that brings in various poets from minority group(s) in Edmonton together and have them tell their experiences, struggles and worldviews through poetry in the #makeitawkward summit.