April Wednesday Words: Kwame Dawes

April 10, 2013, Noon to 1pm

At KANEKO in the KANEKO-UNO Library
1111 Jones Street
Omaha, NE (map)

Our Featured Writer: Kwame Dawes, Emmy-Winning Jamaican Poet and Writer

Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes spent most of his childhood and
early adult life in Jamaica. He is a writer of poetry, fiction,
nonfiction, and plays. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the
rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in an interview his
“spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.”
Indeed, his book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most
authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. Of his sixteen
collections of poetry, his most recent titles include Duppy Conqueror
(Copper Canyon, 2013); Wheels (2011); Back of Mount Peace (2009);
Hope’s Hospice (2009); Wisteria, finalist for the Patterson Memorial
Prize; Impossible Flying (2007); and Gomer’s Song (2007). Progeny of
Air (Peepal Tree, 1994) was the winner of the Forward Poetry Prize for
Best First Collection in the UK. Other poetry collections include
Resisting the Anomie (Goose Lane, 1995); Prophets (Peepal Tree, 1995);
Jacko Jacobus, (Peepal Tree, 1996); and Requiem, (Peepal Tree, 1996),
a suite of poems inspired by the illustrations of African American
artist, Tom Feelings in his landmark book The Middle Passage: White
Ships/Black Cargo; and Shook Foil (Peepal Tree, 1998), a collection of
reggae-inspired poems. His book, Midland, was awarded the Hollis
Summers Poetry Prize by the Ohio University Press (2001). Dawes was a
winner of a Pushcart Prize for the best American poetry of 2001 for
his long poem, “Inheritance.”

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