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Kwame Dawes
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Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962 and raised in Jamaica. He received his PhD from the University of New Brunswick, where he was editor in chief of the student newspaper The Brunswickan.

His most recent titles include Duppy Conqueror (Copper Canyon, 2013), Wheels (Peepal Tree Press, 2011), Back of Mount Peace (Peepal Tree Press, 2009), and Hope’s Hospice (Peepal Tree Press, 2009). His first collection, Progeny of Air (Peepal Tree Press, 1994), was the winner of the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection published in the United Kingdom. His book Midland (Ohio University Press, 2001) was awarded the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize.

Dawes’s other awards include a 2001 Pushcart Prize, a 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the 2011 Poets & Writers Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry in 2012. In 2004 he received the Musgrave Silver Medal for contribution to the arts in Jamaica, and in 2009 he was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Dawes also won an Emmy in 2009 for, an interactive website based on his project HOPE: Living and Loving with AIDS in Jamaica.

Dawes is currently the Chancellor’s Professor of English and the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a faculty member of Cave Canem and teaches in the Pacific MFA Program in Oregon.

Selected Bibliography


Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013)
Wheels (Peepal Tree Press, 2011)
Back of Mt. Peace (Peepal Tree Press, 2009)
Hope’s Hospice (Peepal Tree Press, 2009)
Gomer’s Song (Akashic Books, 2007)
Impossible Flying (Peepal Tree Press, 2007)
Wisteria: Twilight Song from the Swamp Country (Red Hen Press, 2005)
I Saw Your Face (Dial Books, 2005)
Bruised Totems (Parallel Press, 2004)
New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, 2003)
Midland (Ohio University Press, 2001)
Shook Foil (Peepal Tree Press, 1998)
Requiem (Peepal Tree Press, 1996)
Jacko Jacobus (Peepal Tree Press, 1996)
Prophets (Peepal Tree Press, 1995)
Resisting the Anomie (Goose Lane Editions, 1995)
Progeny of Air (Peepal Tree Press, 1994)


Poems by
Kwame Dawes


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