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Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes - Editor

Lincoln, United States

Kwame Dawes is an award winning editor and writer with over fifty books to his credit and years of experience as a literary editor.

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An award winning author of over twenty collections of poetry, three works of fiction, several works of non-fiction and over fifty edited works including anthologies and individual collections. I serve as Associate Poetry Editor at Peepal Tree Press, Series Editor and Founder and Director of the African Poetry Book Fund, and Editor and Chief of Prairie Schooner, one of the oldest literary journals in the United States.

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English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction Cultural & Ethnic Themes Literature Plays & Screenplays Poetry
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Music

Certifications

  • PhD in English

Awards

  • 2014 – Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award Finalist for Duppy Conqueror
  • 2014 – Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence for Duppy Conqueror
  • 2014 – Poem “News from Harlem” included in The Best American Poetry (first appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review)
  • 2014 – Pushcart Prize for “The Separation/Retention” which first appeared in Hunger Mountain
  • 2014 – Shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award for Duppy Conqueror
  • 2013 – Shestack Prize for Poetry, American Poetry Review
  • 2013 – Paul Engle Prize
  • 2013 – Poem “Death” included in The Best American Poetry (first appeared in American Poetry Review)
  • 2012 – Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2011 – Poets & Writers Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award
  • 2011 – National Press Club’s Joan Friedenberg Award for Online Reporting (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting For Haiti Coverage)
  • 2009 – News & Documentary Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary–Arts, Lifestyle and Culture, for livehopelove.com
  • 2009 – Winner of Webby Award for Livehopelove.com—People’s Choice Award
  • 2009 – Inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors
  • 2008 – Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Best Debut Fiction (She’s Gone)
  • 2008 – The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award 2008 —Individual Award for Service to the Arts
  • 2007 – Wisteria selected as a finalist for the 2007 Patterson Prize
  • 2007 – “Inheritance” selected for the Pushcart Book of Poetry as a selection for The Best Poems from Thirty Years of the Pushcart Prize
  • 2004 – Silver Musgrave Medal for Literature, Jamaica
  • 2001 – Winner, Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Ohio University Press, judge: Eavan Boland for Midland
  • 1994 – Winner of "Forward Poetry Prize" Best First Collection: Progeny of Air, Great Britain

Work experience

Chief Literary Manuscript Consultant

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (12 months)

Founding Director and Editor

African Poetry Book Fund
January, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

Since its inception, the African Poetry Book Fund has published the work of over fifty African poets including the work of major poets and new writers.

Editor in Chief

Prairie Schooner
June, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

Prairie Schooner is one of the oldest and most highly respected literary journal in the country.

Associate Poetry Editor

Peepal Tree Press
January, 2010 – Present (almost 8 years)

Peepal Tree is the leading publisher of Caribbean Literature today, and dominates in the area of publishing the work of Caribbean writers. As Associate Editor Dawes has joint-oversight of the dozen or more collections of poetry published by the press each year. Poets published by Peepal Tree continue to win major awards in the UK and in the US.

Founder and Editorial Board Member

Palmetto Poetry Series, University of South Carolina Press
January, 2010 – Present (almost 8 years)

The Palmetto Poetry Series is the poetry publishing arm of the University of South Carolina Press. Dawes was the founding editor of the series.

Founding Editor and Director

Stepping Stones Press, South Carolina Poetry Initiative
January, 2005 – June, 2010 (over 5 years)

Stepping Stones Press was established in 2005 as the publishing arm of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative, and in five years, published over fifty chapbooks and books by South Carolina poets. Dawes served as the Editor in Chief for this series.

Portfolio (64 selected works)

City of Bones: A Testament (Triquarterly Books)

Kwame Dawes

As if convinced that all divination of the future is somehow a re-visioning of the past, Kwame Dawes reminds us of the clairvoyance of haunting. The lyric poems in City of Bones: A Testament constitute a restless jeremiad for our times, and Dawes’s inimitable voice peoples this collection with multitudes of souls urgently and forcefully singing, shouting, groaning, and dreaming about the Afric... read more

As if convinced that all divination of the future is somehow a re-visioning of the past, Kwame Dawes reminds us of the clairvoyance of haunting. The lyric poems in City of Bones: A Testament constitute a restless jeremiad for our times, and Dawes’s inimitable voice peoples this collection with multitudes of souls urgently and forcefully singing, shouting, groaning, and dreaming about the Afric... read more

Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems

Kwame Dawes

"[Dawes] is highly original and intelligent, possessing poetic sensibility that is rooted and sound, unshakeable and unstopped, both in its vibrancy and direction. He writes poetry as it ought to be written."—World Literature Today"Dawes asserts himself as man and artist and finally, with grace achieved and grace said, sits down to begin life's tragic feast . . . a writer of major significance... read more

"[Dawes] is highly original and intelligent, possessing poetic sensibility that is rooted and sound, unshakeable and unstopped, both in its vibrancy and direction. He writes poetry as it ought to be written."—World Literature Today"Dawes asserts himself as man and artist and finally, with grace achieved and grace said, sits down to begin life's tragic feast . . . a writer of major significance... read more

When the Rewards Can Be So Great: Essays on Writing and the Writing Life

When the Rewards Can Be So Great is a selection of craft talks delivered by faculty at the Pacific University MFA in Writing program. The essays in this exciting collection are at times deeply personal, providing insight into the development of the writers in their craft; and at times sharply practical and filled with long-tested approaches for writing with power and effectiveness. All are cha... read more

When the Rewards Can Be So Great is a selection of craft talks delivered by faculty at the Pacific University MFA in Writing program. The essays in this exciting collection are at times deeply personal, providing insight into the development of the writers in their craft; and at times sharply practical and filled with long-tested approaches for writing with power and effectiveness. All are cha... read more

She's Gone

Kwame Dawes

A prominent Jamaican reggae singer falls in love with an African American woman while on tour in South Carolina. The two struggle to forge a relationship across a cultural and psychological divide in a story that spans from Jamaica to South Carolina to New York City.

A prominent Jamaican reggae singer falls in love with an African American woman while on tour in South Carolina. The two struggle to forge a relationship across a cultural and psychological divide in a story that spans from Jamaica to South Carolina to New York City.

The January Children (African Poetry Book)

Safia Elhillo

In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, “The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height, all given the birth date January 1.” What follows is a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one’s own land.The January Children depicts displ... read more

In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, “The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height, all given the birth date January 1.” What follows is a deeply personal collection of poems that describe the experience of navigating the postcolonial world as a stranger in one’s own land.The January Children depicts displ... read more

Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius

Kwame Dawes

This in-depth analysis of the reggae superstar’s poetry in lyric form delves into the songwriter’s intellect and spirituality with scholarly precision usually more associated with Bob Dylan or John Lennon. Thought of as the folk poet of the developing world, Marley influenced generations of musicians and writers throughout the Western hemisphere. He was a performer who held true to his heritag... read more

This in-depth analysis of the reggae superstar’s poetry in lyric form delves into the songwriter’s intellect and spirituality with scholarly precision usually more associated with Bob Dylan or John Lennon. Thought of as the folk poet of the developing world, Marley influenced generations of musicians and writers throughout the Western hemisphere. He was a performer who held true to his heritag... read more

The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964-2013 (African Poetry Book)

Kofi Awoonor

Kofi Awoonor, one of Ghana’s most accomplished poets, had for almost half a century committed himself to teaching, political engagement, and the literary arts. The one constant that guided and shaped his many occupations and roles in life was poetry. The Promise of Hope is a beautifully edited collection of some of Awoonor’s most arresting work spanning almost fifty years. Selected and edited ... read more

Kofi Awoonor, one of Ghana’s most accomplished poets, had for almost half a century committed himself to teaching, political engagement, and the literary arts. The one constant that guided and shaped his many occupations and roles in life was poetry. The Promise of Hope is a beautifully edited collection of some of Awoonor’s most arresting work spanning almost fifty years. Selected and edited ... read more

Prairie Schooner (Summer 2012)

Justin Taylor, Floyd Skloot, Fleda Brown, Donald Platt, Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds, Garth Risk Hallberg, Paul Dickey, Gerald Shapiro

Prairie Schooner, a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Press, is home to the best fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews being published today by beginning, mid-career, and established writers.

Prairie Schooner, a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Press, is home to the best fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews being published today by beginning, mid-career, and established writers.

The Kitchen-Dweller's Testimony (African Poetry Book)

Ladan Osman

Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony asks: Whose testimony is valid? Whose testimony is worth recording? Osman’s speakers, who are almost always women, assert and reassert in an attempt to establish authority, often through persistent questioning. Specters of race, displacement, and colonialism are often present in her work, providing mome... read more

Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony asks: Whose testimony is valid? Whose testimony is worth recording? Osman’s speakers, who are almost always women, assert and reassert in an attempt to establish authority, often through persistent questioning. Specters of race, displacement, and colonialism are often present in her work, providing mome... read more

Fuchsia (African Poetry Book)

Mahtem Shiferraw

Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Ethiopian American Mahtem Shiferraw’s Fuchsia examines conceptions of the displaced, disassembled, and nomadic self. Embedded in her poems are colors, elements, and sensations that evoke painful memories related to deep-seated remnants of trauma, war, and diaspora. Yet rooted in these losses and dangers also lie opportunities for mend... read more

Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Ethiopian American Mahtem Shiferraw’s Fuchsia examines conceptions of the displaced, disassembled, and nomadic self. Embedded in her poems are colors, elements, and sensations that evoke painful memories related to deep-seated remnants of trauma, war, and diaspora. Yet rooted in these losses and dangers also lie opportunities for mend... read more

Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green (Palmetto Poetry Series)

The best art has the uncanny ability not only to give pleasure to those who view it but also to inspire a desire to respond. The best artists are a force for all art, and renowned Gullah artist Jonathan Green's work has inspired a wide range of responses from artists around the world. In Seeking we see how Green's art prompts works of poetry, prose, and memoir. Seeking's evocative power lies i... read more

The best art has the uncanny ability not only to give pleasure to those who view it but also to inspire a desire to respond. The best artists are a force for all art, and renowned Gullah artist Jonathan Green's work has inspired a wide range of responses from artists around the world. In Seeking we see how Green's art prompts works of poetry, prose, and memoir. Seeking's evocative power lies i... read more

Midland: Poems (Hollis Summers Poetry Prize)

Kwame Dawes

The winning manuscript of the fourth annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize is also the exciting American debut by a poet who has already established himself as an important international poetic voice. Midland, the seventh collection by Kwame Dawes, draws deeply on the poet's travels and experiences in Africa, the Caribbean, England, and the American South. Marked equally by a lushness of imagery,... read more

The winning manuscript of the fourth annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize is also the exciting American debut by a poet who has already established himself as an important international poetic voice. Midland, the seventh collection by Kwame Dawes, draws deeply on the poet's travels and experiences in Africa, the Caribbean, England, and the American South. Marked equally by a lushness of imagery,... read more

Go de Rass to Sleep: (A Jamaican translation)

Adam Mansbach

Named one of the 20 Greatest New Father's Day Gifts by Advocate.com!"No matter what the country or the language, parents all over the world--loving, frustrated, exhausted parents--know what Adam Mansbach means. Since 2011, his comically obscene picture book has sold more than 1.5 million copies in dozens of languages from Afrikaans to Japanese to Nynorsk. And later this year, his little book w... read more

Named one of the 20 Greatest New Father's Day Gifts by Advocate.com!"No matter what the country or the language, parents all over the world--loving, frustrated, exhausted parents--know what Adam Mansbach means. Since 2011, his comically obscene picture book has sold more than 1.5 million copies in dozens of languages from Afrikaans to Japanese to Nynorsk. And later this year, his little book w... read more

Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey

Lisa Armstrong, Kwame Dawes

An itinerant preacher whose story reads like Job—except for an incandescent smile and a mountain-moving faith. A woman who remains resolutely joyful despite the HIV that has infected half her family, young girls subjected to rape and forced into commercial sex, a couple whose triumph over the disease that challenges them both is a study in grace.Haiti has always been a place of extremes, espec... read more

An itinerant preacher whose story reads like Job—except for an incandescent smile and a mountain-moving faith. A woman who remains resolutely joyful despite the HIV that has infected half her family, young girls subjected to rape and forced into commercial sex, a couple whose triumph over the disease that challenges them both is a study in grace.Haiti has always been a place of extremes, espec... read more

Gomer's Song (Black Goat)

Kwame Dawes

Gomer’s Song is a re-rendering of the Bible story. In Gomer, a harlot who was the wife of the Old Testament prophet Hosea, Kwame Dawes finds the subject for a beautiful contemporary exploration on freedom and sacrifice. Kwame Dawes is an award-winning Ghanaian-born Jamaican author of several books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction (including his debut novel, She’s Gone, published by Akashic B... read more

Gomer’s Song is a re-rendering of the Bible story. In Gomer, a harlot who was the wife of the Old Testament prophet Hosea, Kwame Dawes finds the subject for a beautiful contemporary exploration on freedom and sacrifice. Kwame Dawes is an award-winning Ghanaian-born Jamaican author of several books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction (including his debut novel, She’s Gone, published by Akashic B... read more

The Wire-Headed Heathen (Eight New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set 2)

Inua Ellams

“The Wire-Headed Heathen is a foray into the art of vitality peppered with a language that is at once evocative and mutinous . . . At times playful and always incisive, Ellams’ is a mineral-rich poetry, organic in its ability to speak across oceans, cultures, and histories. Critical of a contemporary life that has placed the material over the ethereal, Ellams reminds the reader of just how cen... read more

“The Wire-Headed Heathen is a foray into the art of vitality peppered with a language that is at once evocative and mutinous . . . At times playful and always incisive, Ellams’ is a mineral-rich poetry, organic in its ability to speak across oceans, cultures, and histories. Critical of a contemporary life that has placed the material over the ethereal, Ellams reminds the reader of just how cen... read more

So Much Things to Say: 100 Poets from the First Ten Years of the Calabash International Literary Festival

Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and 88 others.Imagine a night of a hundred poets reading their work to an audience of intensely engaged, responsive, and lively people. Imagine the reading taking place under a ten... read more

Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and 88 others.Imagine a night of a hundred poets reading their work to an audience of intensely engaged, responsive, and lively people. Imagine the reading taking place under a ten... read more

Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean

Peekash Press

Featuring poems from: Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Danielle Jennings, Ruel Johnson, Monica Minott, Debra Providence, Shivanee Ramlochan, Colin Robinson, and Sassy Ross. With a preface by Kwame Dawes.With a generous sample from each poet, this anthology is an opportunity to discover some of the best, new, previously unpublished voices from the Caribbean. This is a generation that has absorbed Derek... read more

Featuring poems from: Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Danielle Jennings, Ruel Johnson, Monica Minott, Debra Providence, Shivanee Ramlochan, Colin Robinson, and Sassy Ross. With a preface by Kwame Dawes.With a generous sample from each poet, this anthology is an opportunity to discover some of the best, new, previously unpublished voices from the Caribbean. This is a generation that has absorbed Derek... read more

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize: Tenth Anniversary Reader

After ten years of selecting great books from writers, new and established, Prairie Schooner celebrates the first decade of its Book Prize series by offering this collection of excerpts from each year’s winners in fiction and poetry. Writers such as Brock Clarke, Anne Finger, Rynn Williams, and Paul Guest open windows to ordinary and fantastic experience showcasing the liveliness and power of ... read more

After ten years of selecting great books from writers, new and established, Prairie Schooner celebrates the first decade of its Book Prize series by offering this collection of excerpts from each year’s winners in fiction and poetry. Writers such as Brock Clarke, Anne Finger, Rynn Williams, and Paul Guest open windows to ordinary and fantastic experience showcasing the liveliness and power of ... read more

Jacko Jacobus

Kwame Dawes

Poor sower of seeds with a gift for dreaming, Jacko Jacobus knows that his destiny is to found a people to shake the nations. But when he has to flee Jamaica to escape his brother's wrath, he finds himself pushing crack for his Uncle Al in South Carolina. In writing his dub version of the myth of Jacob and Esau, Kwame Dawes builds on a gripping narrative of prophecy, love, deceit and murder to... read more

Poor sower of seeds with a gift for dreaming, Jacko Jacobus knows that his destiny is to found a people to shake the nations. But when he has to flee Jamaica to escape his brother's wrath, he finds himself pushing crack for his Uncle Al in South Carolina. In writing his dub version of the myth of Jacob and Esau, Kwame Dawes builds on a gripping narrative of prophecy, love, deceit and murder to... read more

A Far Cry from Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative

Kwame Dawes

Directly addressing the relationship with his father, a Marxist Caribbean nationalist, Kwame Dawes presents a memoir of intellectual rigor that is coupled with great tenderness. With the immediacy of a man thinking aloud and the careful structure of art that recalls the places that have molded his life—from Ghana and Jamaica to Canada and America—Dawes explores the nearly universal conditions ... read more

Directly addressing the relationship with his father, a Marxist Caribbean nationalist, Kwame Dawes presents a memoir of intellectual rigor that is coupled with great tenderness. With the immediacy of a man thinking aloud and the careful structure of art that recalls the places that have molded his life—from Ghana and Jamaica to Canada and America—Dawes explores the nearly universal conditions ... read more

Progeny of Air

Kwame Dawes

Winner of the prize for the best first collection in the Forward Poetry Prize of 1994, Progeny of Air explores a childhood and youth spent in 1970's Jamaica. The collection links inner personal experience and social and historical perspectives to mutually enriching effect.

Winner of the prize for the best first collection in the Forward Poetry Prize of 1994, Progeny of Air explores a childhood and youth spent in 1970's Jamaica. The collection links inner personal experience and social and historical perspectives to mutually enriching effect.

I Saw Your Face

Tom Feelings, Kwame Dawes

Before Tom Feelings passed away in August of 2003, he had been working on a picture book with his friend, poet Kwame Dawes. As Kwame explains, "One day, Tom gave me a folder of drawings of young people from his journeys around the world. I saw a story of resilience and pride, and wrote my poem as a response." These wonderful drawings, paired with lyrical text, offer a fresh encounter with one ... read more

Before Tom Feelings passed away in August of 2003, he had been working on a picture book with his friend, poet Kwame Dawes. As Kwame explains, "One day, Tom gave me a folder of drawings of young people from his journeys around the world. I saw a story of resilience and pride, and wrote my poem as a response." These wonderful drawings, paired with lyrical text, offer a fresh encounter with one ... read more

Natural Mysticism: Towards a New Reggae Aesthetic

Kwame Dawes

The first book ever to look in-depth at reggae as an artistic form, Natural Mysticism shows how reggae combines politics, sex, spirituality and art, and offers in depth analyzes of leading reggae artists such as Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry and Bob Marley.

The first book ever to look in-depth at reggae as an artistic form, Natural Mysticism shows how reggae combines politics, sex, spirituality and art, and offers in depth analyzes of leading reggae artists such as Burning Spear, Lee Scratch Perry and Bob Marley.

Wheels

Kwame Dawes

Using the power of language to explore and discover patterns of meaning, this collection brings the lyric poem face to face with the external world—with its politics, social upheavals, and ideological complexity. Whether it is a poem about a near victim of a terrorist attack reflecting on the nature of grace, a president considering the function of art, or a Rastafarian defending his faith, th... read more

Using the power of language to explore and discover patterns of meaning, this collection brings the lyric poem face to face with the external world—with its politics, social upheavals, and ideological complexity. Whether it is a poem about a near victim of a terrorist attack reflecting on the nature of grace, a president considering the function of art, or a Rastafarian defending his faith, th... read more

Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poetry (Goose Lane Editions Poetry Books)

The beat and language of reggae arose from the Jamaican countryside and the sidewalks of Kingston, but they're basic for the poets represented in Wheel and Come Again. This remains true even though the poets' personal worlds range from the street to the university and from the tropics to Toronto, New York, and London. Wheel and Come Again features works by 28 poets of Caribbean origin; some re... read more

The beat and language of reggae arose from the Jamaican countryside and the sidewalks of Kingston, but they're basic for the poets represented in Wheel and Come Again. This remains true even though the poets' personal worlds range from the street to the university and from the tropics to Toronto, New York, and London. Wheel and Come Again features works by 28 poets of Caribbean origin; some re... read more

A Bloom of Stones: A Tri-lingual Anthology of Haitian Poems After the Earthquake

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake broke apart the city of Port au Prince and stretches of the Haitian landscape, killing almost 300,000 and leaving 1.2 million people homeless. Collecting the work of more than 30 Haitian poets, this anthology offers a complex and sophisticated range of responses to the tragedy—poems about the rupture of love, the shock of a sudden catastrophe, the hunger for ... read more

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake broke apart the city of Port au Prince and stretches of the Haitian landscape, killing almost 300,000 and leaving 1.2 million people homeless. Collecting the work of more than 30 Haitian poets, this anthology offers a complex and sophisticated range of responses to the tragedy—poems about the rupture of love, the shock of a sudden catastrophe, the hunger for ... read more

WISTERIA

Kwame Dawes

In Wisteria, Kwame Dawes finds poignant meaning in the landscape and history of Sumter, a small town in central South Carolina. Here the voices of women who lived through most of the twentieth century – teachers, beauticians, seamstresses, domestic workers and farming folk – unfold with the raw honesty of people who have waited for a long time to finally speak their mind. The poems move with t... read more

In Wisteria, Kwame Dawes finds poignant meaning in the landscape and history of Sumter, a small town in central South Carolina. Here the voices of women who lived through most of the twentieth century – teachers, beauticians, seamstresses, domestic workers and farming folk – unfold with the raw honesty of people who have waited for a long time to finally speak their mind. The poems move with t... read more

Talk Yuh Talk: Interviews with Anglophone Caribbean Poets

Kwame Dawes

Before the Caribbean-inflected spoken-word poetry of the 1990s, epitomized by poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Café in Manhattan, there was reggae. In the past thirty years, most Caribbean poetry written in English has come to the shores of the United States on waves of music, in the lyrics of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Burning Spear. Kwame Dawes, himself a musician and poet, is not surpri... read more

Before the Caribbean-inflected spoken-word poetry of the 1990s, epitomized by poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Café in Manhattan, there was reggae. In the past thirty years, most Caribbean poetry written in English has come to the shores of the United States on waves of music, in the lyrics of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Burning Spear. Kwame Dawes, himself a musician and poet, is not surpri... read more

Prophets (Peepal Tree Caribbean Poetry)

Kwame Dawes

As 24-hour television, belching out the swaggering voices of American hellfire preachers, competes with dancehall, slackness and ganja for Jamaican minds, Clarice and Thalbot preach their own conflicting visions. Clarice has used her gifts to raise herself from the urban Jamaican ghetto. She basks in the adulation of her followers as they look to her for their personal salvation. Thalbot has f... read more

As 24-hour television, belching out the swaggering voices of American hellfire preachers, competes with dancehall, slackness and ganja for Jamaican minds, Clarice and Thalbot preach their own conflicting visions. Clarice has used her gifts to raise herself from the urban Jamaican ghetto. She basks in the adulation of her followers as they look to her for their personal salvation. Thalbot has f... read more

Home Is Where: An Anthology of African American Poetry from the Carolinas

Kwame Dawes

In Home is Where, Kwame Dawes compiles the work of more than two dozen African-American poets from the Carolinas, showcasing a vast array of original voices writing on subjects ranging from Jim Crow to jazz, haunted landscapes to romantic love―all in an attempt to define the South as home. Dawes, the nationally celebrated poet, dramatist, scholar, novelist, essayist, and founder of the South C... read more

In Home is Where, Kwame Dawes compiles the work of more than two dozen African-American poets from the Carolinas, showcasing a vast array of original voices writing on subjects ranging from Jim Crow to jazz, haunted landscapes to romantic love―all in an attempt to define the South as home. Dawes, the nationally celebrated poet, dramatist, scholar, novelist, essayist, and founder of the South C... read more

Shook Foil

Kwame Dawes

When the guitars tickle a bedrock of drum and bass, when the girl a shock out and a steady hand curve round her sweat-smooth waist, when the smell of Charlie mingles with the chemicals of her hair and the groove is of the sweetest friction - how is a young man to keep his way pure?Kwame Dawes's poetry rises to new heights in these psalms of confession and celebrations of reggae's power to prop... read more

When the guitars tickle a bedrock of drum and bass, when the girl a shock out and a steady hand curve round her sweat-smooth waist, when the smell of Charlie mingles with the chemicals of her hair and the groove is of the sweetest friction - how is a young man to keep his way pure?Kwame Dawes's poetry rises to new heights in these psalms of confession and celebrations of reggae's power to prop... read more

Back of Mount Peace

Kwame Dawes

Characterized by a beautifully realized reciprocity between outer landscape and the characters’ inner worlds, this remarkable sequence of lyric poetry explores the blossoming of an innately complicated relationship between a retired fisherman named Monty Cupidon and a naked, bloodied, and traumatized woman he encounters standing at a crossroad who cannot remember who she is or where she came f... read more

Characterized by a beautifully realized reciprocity between outer landscape and the characters’ inner worlds, this remarkable sequence of lyric poetry explores the blossoming of an innately complicated relationship between a retired fisherman named Monty Cupidon and a naked, bloodied, and traumatized woman he encounters standing at a crossroad who cannot remember who she is or where she came f... read more

Impossible Flying

Kwame Dawes

Renowned poet Kwame Dawes presents his most personal and universal work in this collection of carefully arranged poems. Separated into four thematic sections, these poems reveal the author's family secrets with an overarching coherence and meaning, focusing primarily on the triangular relationship between himself, his father, and his younger brother. Establishing his family's mythology and the... read more

Renowned poet Kwame Dawes presents his most personal and universal work in this collection of carefully arranged poems. Separated into four thematic sections, these poems reveal the author's family secrets with an overarching coherence and meaning, focusing primarily on the triangular relationship between himself, his father, and his younger brother. Establishing his family's mythology and the... read more

Hope's Hospice and Other Poems (Peepal Tree Caribbean Poetry)

Kwame Dawes

Frank and earnest, this moving collection of poetry offers a glimpse into the support centers and hospice outside of Montego Bay and the many lives that have been lost to HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. Culled from open dialogue with sufferers and those who care for them, and coupled with evocative photographs, AIDS becomes a channel for universal dramas, archetypal voices, stoicism, despair, and deeply ... read more

Frank and earnest, this moving collection of poetry offers a glimpse into the support centers and hospice outside of Montego Bay and the many lives that have been lost to HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. Culled from open dialogue with sufferers and those who care for them, and coupled with evocative photographs, AIDS becomes a channel for universal dramas, archetypal voices, stoicism, despair, and deeply ... read more

A Place to Hide

Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes puts the "reggae aesthetic" to work in these stories of contemporary Jamaica. His characters murder, go mad, abuse, love, create, seek personal salvation and the fullest expression of their sensuality with an astonishing but wholly believable intensity. The stories question how a society of such violence and disorder can function, and how it can be portrayed without either sensatio... read more

Kwame Dawes puts the "reggae aesthetic" to work in these stories of contemporary Jamaica. His characters murder, go mad, abuse, love, create, seek personal salvation and the fullest expression of their sensuality with an astonishing but wholly believable intensity. The stories question how a society of such violence and disorder can function, and how it can be portrayed without either sensatio... read more

New & Selected Poems: Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes

Increasingly recognized as a poet of both the Caribbean and of the United States, especially for his "Midland," which won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Selected Poems contains a generous selection from all six volumes of Dawes's poetry, showing the breadth and depth of his achievement. From writing the poems of displacement and loss of "Resisting the Anomie," the vibrant, unstoppable narrat... read more

Increasingly recognized as a poet of both the Caribbean and of the United States, especially for his "Midland," which won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, Selected Poems contains a generous selection from all six volumes of Dawes's poetry, showing the breadth and depth of his achievement. From writing the poems of displacement and loss of "Resisting the Anomie," the vibrant, unstoppable narrat... read more

Requiem

Kwame Dawes

In these 'shrines of remembrance' for the millions of the victims of transatlantic slavery, Kwame Dawes constructs a sequence which laments, rages, mourns, but also celebrates survival. Focusing on individual moments in this holocaust which lasted nearly four hundred years, these poems both cauterize a lingering infection and offer the oil of healing. In these taut lyric pieces, Dawes achieves... read more

In these 'shrines of remembrance' for the millions of the victims of transatlantic slavery, Kwame Dawes constructs a sequence which laments, rages, mourns, but also celebrates survival. Focusing on individual moments in this holocaust which lasted nearly four hundred years, these poems both cauterize a lingering infection and offer the oil of healing. In these taut lyric pieces, Dawes achieves... read more

Jubilation!: Poems Celebrating 50 Years of Jamaican Independence

In this compilation, more than 50 contemporary Jamaican poets reflect in outspoken, meditative, humorous, and outrageous ways upon the historical and existential moment of Jamaican independence. Ranging from the lyric and the pastoral to the declarative and the celebratory, these poems employ language registers across the full spectrum of Jamaican English and patois. Often surprising and somet... read more

In this compilation, more than 50 contemporary Jamaican poets reflect in outspoken, meditative, humorous, and outrageous ways upon the historical and existential moment of Jamaican independence. Ranging from the lyric and the pastoral to the declarative and the celebratory, these poems employ language registers across the full spectrum of Jamaican English and patois. Often surprising and somet... read more

Wheel & Come Again, an Anthology of Reggae Poetry (98) by Dawes, Kwame [Paperback (2008)]

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Wheel & Come Again, an Anthology of Reggae Poetry (98) by Dawes, Kwame [Paperback (2008)]

Wheel & Come Again, an Anthology of Reggae Poetry (98) by Dawes, Kwame [Paperback (2008)]

So Much Things to Say: 100 Poets from the First Ten Years of the Calabash International Literary Festival

Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and 88 others.Imagine a night of a hundred poets reading their work to an audience of intensely engaged, responsive, and lively people. Imagine the reading taking place under a ten... read more

Contributors include: Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Alexander, Amiri Baraka, Martin Espada, Terrance Hayes, Valzyna Mort, Sonia Sanchez, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Patricia Smith, Saul Williams, Staceyann Chin, and 88 others.Imagine a night of a hundred poets reading their work to an audience of intensely engaged, responsive, and lively people. Imagine the reading taking place under a ten... read more

Bivouac

Kwame Dawes

A sharply focused portrayal of Jamaica at a tipping point in its recent past, this story of one man's private grief and dislocation explores the psyche of a nation and a cultural movement that has lost its footing. When Ferron Morgan’s family is thrown in turmoil by the suspicions surrounding the mysterious death of his father, his life is swept away in a tide of guilt and filial duty. Narrate... read more

A sharply focused portrayal of Jamaica at a tipping point in its recent past, this story of one man's private grief and dislocation explores the psyche of a nation and a cultural movement that has lost its footing. When Ferron Morgan’s family is thrown in turmoil by the suspicions surrounding the mysterious death of his father, his life is swept away in a tide of guilt and filial duty. Narrate... read more

Twenty: South Carolina Poetry Fellows

Kwame Dawes

The poets include: Paul Allen, Jan Bailey, Cathy Smith Bowers, Jessica Bundschuh, Stephen Corey, Robert Cumming, Debra Daniel, Carol Ann Davis, Curtis Derrick, Linda Ferguson, Starkey Flythe, Angela Kelly, John Lane, Susan Ludvigson, Terri McCord, John Ower, Ron Rash, Paul Rice, Warren Slesinger, and Kathleen Whitten. Each has won a Poetry Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission dur... read more

The poets include: Paul Allen, Jan Bailey, Cathy Smith Bowers, Jessica Bundschuh, Stephen Corey, Robert Cumming, Debra Daniel, Carol Ann Davis, Curtis Derrick, Linda Ferguson, Starkey Flythe, Angela Kelly, John Lane, Susan Ludvigson, Terri McCord, John Ower, Ron Rash, Paul Rice, Warren Slesinger, and Kathleen Whitten. Each has won a Poetry Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission dur... read more

Seven Strong: Winners of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, 2006-2012

A collaboration between the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and the University of South Carolina Press, the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize is a celebration of accomplished and emerging poets linked together by their shared associations with the Palmetto State. Published on the seventh anniversary of this award series, Seven Strong features selections from the winning poets to date--Susan Me... read more

A collaboration between the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and the University of South Carolina Press, the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize is a celebration of accomplished and emerging poets linked together by their shared associations with the Palmetto State. Published on the seventh anniversary of this award series, Seven Strong features selections from the winning poets to date--Susan Me... read more

Resisting the Anomie

Kwame Dawes

Resisting the Anomie is the second book of poetry by Kwame Dawes, whose collection Progeny of Air, won Britain's prestigious Forward Trust Poetry Prize for Best First Book in the fall of 1994. In Resisting the Anomie, Dawes takes as his subject the anxiety of being far from home, the unease of not belonging, the sense of disconnection from culture and custom. Poems of Jamaica, of Canada, of Ha... read more

Resisting the Anomie is the second book of poetry by Kwame Dawes, whose collection Progeny of Air, won Britain's prestigious Forward Trust Poetry Prize for Best First Book in the fall of 1994. In Resisting the Anomie, Dawes takes as his subject the anxiety of being far from home, the unease of not belonging, the sense of disconnection from culture and custom. Poems of Jamaica, of Canada, of Ha... read more

New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Nne)

"Profound and thought-provoking...A fascinating collection of diverse voices bringing new ideas to the world of poetry."―The Journal (West Virginia)"This limited-edition box set of ten African poets is gorgeous. Not only does it introduce readers to the best poetry by contemporary poets of the African and the African diaspora, it showcases the art of Eritrean painter Ficre Ghebreyesus. . .As A... read more

"Profound and thought-provoking...A fascinating collection of diverse voices bringing new ideas to the world of poetry."―The Journal (West Virginia)"This limited-edition box set of ten African poets is gorgeous. Not only does it introduce readers to the best poetry by contemporary poets of the African and the African diaspora, it showcases the art of Eritrean painter Ficre Ghebreyesus. . .As A... read more

New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tatu)

"New-Generation African Poets is an ambitious, vital project that delivers exactly what it promises...As a group, the chapbooks dispel stereotypes about African writing. They also illustrate what editors Dawes and Abani note about the many ways poets can understand or redefine their ties to Africa. These insights are poignant and valuable, especially at a time when millions around the globe fi... read more

"New-Generation African Poets is an ambitious, vital project that delivers exactly what it promises...As a group, the chapbooks dispel stereotypes about African writing. They also illustrate what editors Dawes and Abani note about the many ways poets can understand or redefine their ties to Africa. These insights are poignant and valuable, especially at a time when millions around the globe fi... read more

Seven New Generation African Poets: A Chapbook boxed set

TJ Dema, Clifton Gachagua, Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Nick Makoha, Ladan Osman, Warsan Shire, Len Verwey

This eight-piece boxed set, an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project, features the work of seven African poets, with an introduction by Kwame Dawes, APBF series editor, and Chris Abani. The boxed set is an annual project starting in 2014 to ensure the publication of seven chapbooks by African poets through participating publishers. Publication is made possible through Slapering Hol Press, in... read more

This eight-piece boxed set, an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project, features the work of seven African poets, with an introduction by Kwame Dawes, APBF series editor, and Chris Abani. The boxed set is an annual project starting in 2014 to ensure the publication of seven chapbooks by African poets through participating publishers. Publication is made possible through Slapering Hol Press, in... read more

Eight New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set

"The chapbooks gathered here are almost overflowing with voice....Each of these chapbooks is so worthy of praise and attention that it is not possible to do them justice in the space afforded this review. They deserve, and hopefully will receive, the specific and individual attention of critics and readers, and their authors deserve to enjoy long and noted careers."--Untucked Magazine"I've bee... read more

"The chapbooks gathered here are almost overflowing with voice....Each of these chapbooks is so worthy of praise and attention that it is not possible to do them justice in the space afforded this review. They deserve, and hopefully will receive, the specific and individual attention of critics and readers, and their authors deserve to enjoy long and noted careers."--Untucked Magazine"I've bee... read more

Beating the Graves (African Poetry Book)

Tsitsi Ella Jaji

The poems in Tsitsi Ella Jaji’s Beating the Graves meditate on the meaning of living in diaspora, an experience increasingly common among contemporary Zimbabweans. Vivid evocations of the landscape of Zimbabwe filter critiques of contemporary political conditions and ecological challenges, veiled in the multiple meanings of poetic metaphor. Many poems explore the genre of praise poetry, which ... read more

The poems in Tsitsi Ella Jaji’s Beating the Graves meditate on the meaning of living in diaspora, an experience increasingly common among contemporary Zimbabweans. Vivid evocations of the landscape of Zimbabwe filter critiques of contemporary political conditions and ecological challenges, veiled in the multiple meanings of poetic metaphor. Many poems explore the genre of praise poetry, which ... read more

Cannibal (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry)

Safiya Sinclair

Winner of the 2016 Whiting Award Winner of the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts & LettersWinner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (Poetry)An American Library Association "Notable Book of the Year" Longlisted for the 2017 Dylan Thomas Prize Longlisted for the 2017 PEN Open Book AwardOne of BuzzFeed's Best Poetry Books of 2016One of The New Yorker's "Books We... read more

Winner of the 2016 Whiting Award Winner of the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts & LettersWinner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (Poetry)An American Library Association "Notable Book of the Year" Longlisted for the 2017 Dylan Thomas Prize Longlisted for the 2017 PEN Open Book AwardOne of BuzzFeed's Best Poetry Books of 2016One of The New Yorker's "Books We... read more

Madman at Kilifi (African Poetry Book)

Clifton Gachagua

Clifton Gachagua’s collection Madman at Kilifi, winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, concerns itself with the immediacy of cultures in flux, cybercommunication and the language of consumerism, polyglot politics and intrigue, sexual ambivalence and studied whimsy, and the mind of a sensitive, intelligent, and curious poet who stands in the midst of it all. Gachagua’s is a... read more

Clifton Gachagua’s collection Madman at Kilifi, winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, concerns itself with the immediacy of cultures in flux, cybercommunication and the language of consumerism, polyglot politics and intrigue, sexual ambivalence and studied whimsy, and the mind of a sensitive, intelligent, and curious poet who stands in the midst of it all. Gachagua’s is a... read more

A Book of Exquisite Disasters (Palmetto Poetry)

Charlene Spearen

A Book of Exquisite Disasters, the first book-length poetry collection from Charlene Spearen, is an exploration of a multifaceted identity forged through moments spent as a daughter, sister, woman, and poet. A nimble wordsmith and unique spirit, Spearen plays with language as if syllables and words are musical notes that in the end creates an exquisite song erupting with mysterious clarity. In... read more

A Book of Exquisite Disasters, the first book-length poetry collection from Charlene Spearen, is an exploration of a multifaceted identity forged through moments spent as a daughter, sister, woman, and poet. A nimble wordsmith and unique spirit, Spearen plays with language as if syllables and words are musical notes that in the end creates an exquisite song erupting with mysterious clarity. In... read more

Weary Kingdom: Poems (Palmetto Poetry Series)

DéLana R. A. Dameron

In this new collection of poems, Weary Kingdom, DéLana R. A. Dameron maps a journey across emotional, spiritual, and geographic lines, from the familiarity of the honeysuckle South to a new world, or a new kingdom―Harlem. Her poems traverse the streets of this Black mecca with a careful eye cast toward the intimacies of the exterior. Still, as the poems move throughout the built environment, t... read more

In this new collection of poems, Weary Kingdom, DéLana R. A. Dameron maps a journey across emotional, spiritual, and geographic lines, from the familiarity of the honeysuckle South to a new world, or a new kingdom―Harlem. Her poems traverse the streets of this Black mecca with a careful eye cast toward the intimacies of the exterior. Still, as the poems move throughout the built environment, t... read more

Far District: Poems

Ishion Hutchinson

Creating an impressionistic portrait of the poet's boyhood in rural Jamaica, these narrative poems explore the West Indian distrust of European literature and mythology. Written in both traditional and formless verse, as well as in English and Jamaican patois, the book is structured as the spiritual journey of a poet-speaker caught between two worlds: one a benign culture of bush folk and the ... read more

Creating an impressionistic portrait of the poet's boyhood in rural Jamaica, these narrative poems explore the West Indian distrust of European literature and mythology. Written in both traditional and formless verse, as well as in English and Jamaican patois, the book is structured as the spiritual journey of a poet-speaker caught between two worlds: one a benign culture of bush folk and the ... read more

Providential

Colin Channer

Longlisted for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry"The Caribbean policeman is a character both foreign and familiar at the center of this intimate debut poetry collection. Combining Jamaican patois and American English, it tells the story of violence, loss, and recovery in the wake of colonialism."--O, the Oprah MagazineOne of LargeUp's Ten Great Books by Caribbean Authors in 2015"Jamaican-bor... read more

Longlisted for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry"The Caribbean policeman is a character both foreign and familiar at the center of this intimate debut poetry collection. Combining Jamaican patois and American English, it tells the story of violence, loss, and recovery in the wake of colonialism."--O, the Oprah MagazineOne of LargeUp's Ten Great Books by Caribbean Authors in 2015"Jamaican-bor... read more

How God Ends Us (Winners of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize)

Delana R. A. Dameron

DéLana R. A. Dameron searches for answers to spiritual quandaries in her first collection of poems, How God Ends Us, selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the fourth annual winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Dameron’s poetry forms a lyrical conversation with an ominous and omnipotent deity, one who controls all matters of the living earth, including death and destruction. The poet’s ... read more

DéLana R. A. Dameron searches for answers to spiritual quandaries in her first collection of poems, How God Ends Us, selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the fourth annual winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Dameron’s poetry forms a lyrical conversation with an ominous and omnipotent deity, one who controls all matters of the living earth, including death and destruction. The poet’s ... read more

Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden

Borrowing from Romare Bearden’s aesthetic palette and inspired by his Odysseus series, Bearden’s Odyssey gathers, for the first time, poems from thirty-five of the most revered African diaspora poets in the United States. Poetic echoes come forth in themes of inspiration with historical intersections of one of the greatest visual artists of the twentieth century. The award-winning editors, Kwa... read more

Borrowing from Romare Bearden’s aesthetic palette and inspired by his Odysseus series, Bearden’s Odyssey gathers, for the first time, poems from thirty-five of the most revered African diaspora poets in the United States. Poetic echoes come forth in themes of inspiration with historical intersections of one of the greatest visual artists of the twentieth century. The award-winning editors, Kwa... read more

Visions and Voices: Conversations with Fourteen Caribbean Playwrights

Olivier Stephenson

Presenting a compilation of interviews conducted from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, this study spotlights the Caribbean theater in its most productive and revolutionary period. Featuring the words of the most important of the first generation of postcolonial playwrights—few of whom are still alive—this exploration touches on their experiences of working in the Caribbean while struggling... read more

Presenting a compilation of interviews conducted from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, this study spotlights the Caribbean theater in its most productive and revolutionary period. Featuring the words of the most important of the first generation of postcolonial playwrights—few of whom are still alive—this exploration touches on their experiences of working in the Caribbean while struggling... read more

Kingston Buttercup

Ann-Margaret Lim

Longlisted: 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Jamaican poet, Ann Margaret Lim, follows her critically acclaimed debut collection, The Festival of Wild Orchid, with an exciting new volume, Kingston Buttercup, a work of fierce honesty, social awareness and lyric complexity. Bocas Poetry Prize winner, Loretta Collins Klobah, writes: "In Kingston Buttercup, her marvelous second book, A... read more

Longlisted: 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Jamaican poet, Ann Margaret Lim, follows her critically acclaimed debut collection, The Festival of Wild Orchid, with an exciting new volume, Kingston Buttercup, a work of fierce honesty, social awareness and lyric complexity. Bocas Poetry Prize winner, Loretta Collins Klobah, writes: "In Kingston Buttercup, her marvelous second book, A... read more

The Festival of Wild Orchid

Ann-Margaret Lim

Alert to all the contradictions of contemporary Jamaica, these lyric and delicate poems find fresh things to say about the country's landscapes and seascapes. Written in both standard Caribbean English and Jamaican patois with wit, an imaginative eye, and warmth, this collection presents a feisty and questioning poetic persona: one who responds frankly to the endemic violence, misogyny, and po... read more

Alert to all the contradictions of contemporary Jamaica, these lyric and delicate poems find fresh things to say about the country's landscapes and seascapes. Written in both standard Caribbean English and Jamaican patois with wit, an imaginative eye, and warmth, this collection presents a feisty and questioning poetic persona: one who responds frankly to the endemic violence, misogyny, and po... read more

The Twelve Foot Neon Woman

Loretta Collins Klobah

Against a soundtrack of world music—from salsa to reggae and jazz—and in a vibrant blend of English, Spanish, and Patois, this collection delivers tender and incendiary hymns of homage to the Caribbean, American, and British metropolises. In a poetic form that is lyrical, narrative, sensual, and often experimental, it offers insight into the urgent social issues impacting the everyday world an... read more

Against a soundtrack of world music—from salsa to reggae and jazz—and in a vibrant blend of English, Spanish, and Patois, this collection delivers tender and incendiary hymns of homage to the Caribbean, American, and British metropolises. In a poetic form that is lyrical, narrative, sensual, and often experimental, it offers insight into the urgent social issues impacting the everyday world an... read more

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Jan Melara

Kwame Dawes pointed out things in my manuscript that had troubled me all along but which I couldn't quite put my finger on. Then, he gave insight into how to fix those problems. He encouraged me to dig deeper to make my story more nuanced than I had thought it could be. He provided a list of deliverables before we began. That made it easy to see exactly what he was offering to do. Then, he pre...

, December 2017


Natavia Coney

Mr. Dawes took great care with reading my manuscript and providing feedback. It was very clear what my next steps should be in order to take my novel to a completed state.

, December 2017

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