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Kwame Dawes Wins Shestack Prize

By Harriet Staff

Kwame Dawes

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 are chosen by editors of the magazine. Dawes and fellow American poet Jorie Graham earned the honors as the top contributors of 2012.

American Poetry Review is one of the most important literary journals in the U.S. and simply being featured there marks a significant achievement for poets in this country,” Dawes said. “To have received the good news about Shestack Prize, and further, to know that I am sharing this award with a giant of American poetry, Jorie Graham is simply wonderful.”

Dawes will be formally recognized in the September/October 2013 issue of the American Poetry Review. Read the full article here.

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Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.