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 Schooner. He also discusses the creative process and the importance of personal and global history in poetry.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...
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