who we is

drr is an online and print journal that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and ideas. We are interested in the margins, in the shifting centres and the new spaces that exist in what we’ve come to call the alternative. We are curious about how we can all imagine and create this world, build this world, shape this small corner of the Internet into a place we can claim. We want to imagine this world here, in the right now, in the ongoing, in this perpetual machine we call enlightenment, to continuously seek to collaborate with writers, artists, musicians, etc., and break free from these hefty editorials and simply create and jam together. We are here again for the first time.  We welcome you to join us in this world-making.  


Managing Editor:

Alexis Teyie is a writer, translator, publisher, and film photographer living in Nairobi. Published books include ShortCut (2015) and Clay Plates: Broken Records of Kiswahili Proverbs (2016). Other features include in An Anthology of Womanist Poems (Penguin RandomHouse, 2021), Routledge Handbook of Queer Studies (Taylor and Francis, 2019), Jalada Africa, Short Story Day Africa, and This is Africa, and Literary Hub. Alex has also worked as a project manager and data scientist with organizations like Acumen Fund, Mercy Corps and Global Development Incubator. Awards include: Short Story Day Africa Prize Longlist, 2017 & 2015;The Asa Davis Prize in Historical Scholarship, 2016;  The Corbin Prize, 2015 and 2013; Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, the Folger Shakespeare Library, 2014; The Collin Armstrong Poetry Prize, 2014 and 2013; The Civic Engagement Fellowship, 2013; The Armstrong Prize for Composition, 2013. 

Contributing Editors:

Frankline Sunday is a journalist based in Nairobi. His work has appeared in the Guardian UK, Mail and Guardian SA, Jalada, Enkare Review, New African, Economist, Daily Nation and Standard. He is the 2016 David Astor Fellow.

Clifton Gachagua has published a volume of poetry, Madman at Kilifi, Seven New Generation African Poets. His work appears in Africa39, Manchester Review, Saraba, Poetry Foundation, etc. He writes for Film and TV.

Past Series Editors:

bethuel muthee is a Kenyan poet living in Nairobi. He’s a member of Naijographia.

Carey Baraka is a writer from Kisumu, Kenya. He sings for a secret choir in Nairobi.

Wairimũ Mũrĩithi is a writer with many other names. She is lactose intolerant but cannot give up cheese.

Anointing Obuh is a writer, singer and photographer from Nigeria. She is 20:35 Africa’s New Poet for the month of January 2021. Her works have been featured in: Third Estate Art, Rattle, Josephine Quarterly, The Lumiere Review, Barren Magazine and elsewhere. She was a finalist for Hollins Literary Festival Contest 2021, the Stephen Dibiase Poetry Contest 2021 and Long-listed for the Nigerian News Direct Poetry Prize 2021. She was guest editor for DRR Issue 3. She says hello.