Kwame Dawes

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Kwame Dawes
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Kwame Dawes at the Poe Room 2012
Born (1962-07-28)July 28, 1962
Ghana
Occupation poet, documentary writer, editor, critic
Nationality American
Education University of the West Indies

Kwame Senu Neville Dawes (born 28 July 1962, Ghana) is a poet, actor, editor, critic, musician,[1] and former Louis Frye Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of South Carolina. He is now Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln[2] and editor-in-chief at the Prairie Schooner.[3][4] New York-based Poets & Writers has named Dawes as a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, which recognizes writers who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community.[5]

Life[edit]

Kwame Dawes at a reading in 2010.

He grew up in Jamaica where he attended Jamaica College and the University of the West Indies at Mona. He studied and taught in New Brunswick, Canada on a Commonwealth Scholarship.[6] As a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick, he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Brunswickan.

From 1992-2012 he taught at the University of South Carolina as a Professor in English, Distinguished Poet in Residence, Director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative, and Director of the USC Arts Institute. He was also the faculty advisor for the publication Yemassee. He won the 1994 Forward Poetry Prize, Best First Collection for Progeny of Air. In Fall, 2011, he joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Dawes collaborated with San Francisco-based writer and composer Kevin Simmonds on Wisteria: Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country which debuted at Royal Festival Hall in 2006, and featured sopranos Valetta Brinson and Valerie Johnson.

In 2009, Dawes won an Emmy Award in the category of New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture.[7] His project documented HIV/AIDS in Jamaica, interspersed with poetry, photography by Andre Lambertson, and music by Kevin Simmonds. The website "Livehopelove.com" is the culmination of his project.[8][9] He is director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, a yearly event in Jamaica.[10]

Works[edit]

Poetry[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Non fiction[edit]

Plays[edit]

Editor[edit]

South Carolina Poetry Book Prize[edit]

Dawes established the South Carolina Poetry Initiative's annual book prize competition, and edits the winning manuscripts.

  • Julia Koets (2012). Hold like Owls. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-61117-084-9. 
  • Jennifer Pournelle (2011). Excavations: A City Cycle. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-61117-093-1. 
  • Worthy Evans (2010). Green Revolver. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-57003-932-4. 
  • DéLana R. A. Dameron (2009). How God Ends Us. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-57003-832-7. 
  • Ed Madden (2008). Signals. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-57003-750-4. 
  • Ray McManus (2007). Driving Through the Country Before You Are Born. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-57003-702-3. 
  • Susan Meyers (2006). Keep and Give Away. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-1-57003-670-5. 

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