Kwame Dawes 
Author

Poems

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PROGENY OF AIR english

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AFRICAN POSTMAN english

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HOW TO PICK A HANGING TREE english

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ROPE english

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BLACK FUNK english

THE EGG AND THE TEACUP english

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IN THIS SAYING english

Kwame Dawes 
Author

photo © Chris Abani
* 28.07.1962, Accra, Ghana
lives in: Lincoln NE, United States

Kwame Dawes is a Ghanaian who emigrated at an early age to Jamaica. His poems reflect the rhythms and contours of Ghanaian poetry and the sounds of Reggae music.

He is the prize-winning author of 16 books of poetry as well as novels, plays and criticism. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award and Professor of English Literature at the University of Nebrasks, USA. In 2009 he won an Emmy for his work LiveHopeLove, an interactive website on which the Kwame Dawes Pulitzer Prize Center Project ‘Hope’ deals with the topic of Living and Loving with AIDS in Jamaica.

 photo © Chris Abani
In 2009 he was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors. 
His poems include both social criticism and melody which probe the whole range of language and can have a healing, comforting effect for himself as well. Dawes’ performances are powerful, musical and compelling.

Publications
  • Progeny of Air

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 1994

  • Resisting the Anomie

    Fredericton, 1995

  • Prophets

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 1995

  • Jacko Jacobus

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 1996

  • Requiem

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 1996

  • Shook Foil

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 1997

  • Map-Maker Smith

    Sheffield: Doorstop Books, 2000

  • Midland

    ‎Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2001

  • His New and Selected Poems, 1994–2002

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2003

  • Bruised Totems

    Madison: Parallel Press Madison, 2004

  • I Saw Your Face, with Tom Feelings

    New York City: Dial Books, 2005

  • Wisteria:Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country

    Pasadena: Red Hen Press, 2006

  • Impossible Flying

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2007

  • Gomer's Song

    Brooklyn: Akashic Books, 2007

  • Hope's Hospice

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2009

  • Back of Mount Peace

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2009

  • Wheels

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2010

  • Duppy Conqueror

    New and Selected Poems

    Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press, 2013

  • Speak from Here to There, with John Kinsella

    Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2016

  • City of Bones: A Testament

    Evanston : Northwestern University Press, 2017

Awards
  • 2009 Emmy award

  • 2012 Emmy and Webby for LiveHopeLove

  • 1994 Forward Prize for Poetry

  • Hollis Summers Prize for Poetry

  • 2004 Musgrave Silver Medal (Jamaica)

Links
  • Homepage of Kwame Dawes

    Website
  • Kwame Dawes @ Poetry Foundation

    Website
  • Kwame Dawes: An Archive of Online Poems

    Website
  • Kwame Dawes @ Poetry International Web

    Website