Wanjikũ is a Faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) MFA in Writing. Her short stories and non-fiction essays have appeared in Nairobi Noir (Akashic Books, 2020), Houston Noir, (Akashic Books, 2019), New Daughters of Africa (2019), The Barelife Review (2019), St. Petersburg Review, Wasafiri Magazine, Auburn Avenue, Cunning Folk Magazine, Chimurenga amongst others. Her short story “Father Matheri” was runner up for best story for the Africa Book Club Magazine, 2015.
She is the founder and former director of the Helsinki African Film Festival (HAFF), Finland. She was also a columnist for the Finnish development magazine Maailman Kuvalehti and served as a juror for the CinenAfrica Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden in 2011-2013.
Wanjikũ is the recipient of the The Bronze Panther Prize, 2014, from the Villa Karo Foundation “for greatly enhancing the mutual understanding between different cultures and reduced biases between peoples, in Helsinki, Finland.”
She has a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Georgia State University, an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, and a B.A. from New York University. She lives in Atlanta, GA.