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Kwame Dawes

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Catalog Number: 20151023, 20150220

Born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, Kwame Dawes has written poetry, plays, fiction, a documentary and an accompanying Emmy-winning website of poetry. In this reading at the 2015 Pleiades Visiting Writers Series at the University of Central Missouri, Dawes reads from his book, Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems and shares influences ranging from the music of Bob Marley to the two decades he spent at the University of South Carolina. Since 2011, he’s served as the editor-in-chief of the University of Nebraska’s literary magazine, Prairie SchoonerHe also discusses the creative process and the importance of personal and global history in poetry.

| Subject Matter: Music, Race, History, Bob Marley | Interview Year: 2015 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Pushcart Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Emmy Award |

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