Lily Mabura has pursued a transnational literary and scholarly career in countries such as Kenya, the USA, and the UAE. Mabura has degrees from the University of Nairobi, the University of Idaho, and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
1) Her literary awards include the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature; 2) Kenya's National Book Week Literary Award; and 3) the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award. 4) Her short story "How Shall We Kill the Bishop?" was shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing.
Mabura’s publications include a first novel titled; 1)The Pretoria Conspiracy and 2) four children’s books. Her latest book is a collection of short stories titled 3) How Shall We Kill the Bishop and Other Stories. With John Mugubi, she co-edited 4) The Warm Heart of Africa and Other Stories. Short fiction by Mabura has appeared in PRISM international, 5) Wasafiri, Callaloo, 6) the 2007 Fish Anthology, 7) Love on the Road 2015 anthology and 8) Antología: Escritores africanos contemporáneos.
Lily Mabura has held fellowships from the AAUW, PEO International and The Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester, New York.