Johannes Anyuru (b. 1979) is a poet, novelist, and playwright. He debuted in 2003 with the critically acclaimed collection of poems Only The Gods Are New. His second book, a memoir entitled A Storm Blew in From Paradise (2012) was based on his father's life. It received rave reviews and was awarded several prestigious literary prizes. They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears is his most recent book, and was awarded the August Prize and film rights have been acquired by Momento Film. Anyuru's work has been likened to a mix between Nobel Laureate Thomas Tranströmer and a hip-hop MC.