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Kwame Dawes Honored While Hosting Memorial for Kofi Awoonor October 8, 2013: Kwame Dawes, author of sixteen books of poetry and a 1986 alumnus of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP), will host a live-stream memorial reading of Kofi Awoonor's poetry in front of a live audience on the University of Iowa campus (430 Clinton St) on Monday, October 14 at 11am CDT. Dawes is the nephew of the [...]
Kwame Dawes Honors Kofi Awoonor September 23, 2013: At the Poetry Foundation Ghana web site, Kwame Dawes pays tribute to Kofi Awooner, who was lost in the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya: Last night, I received news that Kofi Awoonor, the Ghanaian poet, diplomat and academic had been shot to death by terrorists in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. I got the news in my hotel, [...]
Kwame Dawes Wins Shestack Prize September 5, 2013: The University of Nebraska reports that one of their own, Ghanaian-born Chancellor’s Professor of English and editor of Prairie Schooner Kwame Dawes, has earned the American Poetry Review’s Jerome J. Shestack Prize: The award recognizes the authors of the best poems published by the APR’s magazine during the past year. The winners [...]
Kwame Dawes Writes Olympic Poetry for WSJ August 1, 2012: In celebration of the U.S. Women's Gymnastic Team's stunning victory yesterday, Kwame Dawes has written a poem entitled "The Gymnast." The fifth of a series, The Wall Street Journal posted "The Gymnast" along with Dawes's poem to Michael Phelps and another about an anonymous equine competitor. Read all three poems here.
NPR’s Morning Edition and LARB Celebrate the Olympics with Poetry July 27, 2012: Happily, the Poetry Parnassus seems to have inspired a wellspring of poetic events. First, NPR's Morning Edition is hosting a poetry competition every morning next week, somewhat in the style of the original Olympics in ancient Greece: From the far reaches of the globe, we've invited poets to compose original works celebrating [...]
“It really has a kind of community vibe and also almost a pilgrimage vibe.” – NPR Reports on a Jamaican Literary Festival July 9, 2012: Founded 12 years ago, Calabash is Jamaica’s signature literary festival. Last week, NPR’s All Thing’s Considered aired a report on the festival, which is ultimately focused on uncovering local voices. However, Calabash co-founder Kwame Dawes selects writers from all over the world to read at the festival’s bamboo lectern: "First [...]
Kwame Dawes Announces New African Poetry Book Series June 22, 2012: The newly established African Poetry Book Foundation, headed by Ghanaian-born poet Kwame Dawes, announced a new book series last Friday. Beginning in 2014, the African Poetry Book Series plans to release four books by African poets per year. The series will be co-published by the University of Nebraska Press and the Amalion Press in Senegal, with [...]
Coming Up After Kwame Dawes, Today’s Weather Forecast February 28, 2012: Check out Kwame Dawes on Smile Jamaica discussing his life as a poet and playwright, among many other things. Good stuff!
“An Antidote to Loneliness” April 18, 2011: Anisa Onofre, co-editor of Aztlan Libre Press, has pointed me to this 1999 article on Norma Alarcón, upon the 20th anniversary of Third Woman Press. I am especially struck by this paragraph: Third Woman Press began originally as an antidote to loneliness, when Alarcón -- a specialist in feminist critical theory, cultural criticism, and [...]
I Aspire to Kwame-ness (Ode to the Desk) April 17, 2011: Prolific output is my weakness, and writers who can crank out poems, pages, chapters, books are my inspiration. They mirror my hunger for more of anything literary, they represent the labor hunched over the desk — backaches, neck pain, the late night struggle of kicking sleep off the face. But, oh what sweet pleasure. Besides Kwame Dawes, [...]