Paul Holdengräber is joined by author and educator Kwame Dawes on episode 037 of The Quarantine Tapes. They discuss the purpose of poetry and what it means to bear witness to life.Kwame Dawes is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and essays. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. Dawes is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Episode Footnotes Nikky Finney Sea Grapes, by Derek Walcott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOlbD_Gawis https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57111/sea-grapes
He calls Ghana, Jamaica and Nebraska home. He writes plays, novels and poetry. And he believes literature helps students become empathetic citizens of the world. Kwame Dawes is the Glenna Luschei Editor-in-Chief of the Prairie Schooner literary journal at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In this episode of Faculty 101, find out what brought him to Nebraska and how the music of Bob Marley changed his life. Show notes: more about Kwame Dawes ›› https://kwamedawes.com; more about the Prarie Schooner ›› https://prairieschooner.unl.edu
Kwame Dawes joins Kevin Young to read “The Season of Phantasmal Peace,” by Derek Walcott, and his own poem “Before Winter.” Dawes is the author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His many honors include a 2019 Windham Campbell Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and the Ford Prize for Poetry.
This month on The Line Break, Ryan re-visits an interview with poet and journalist Kwame Dawes and discusses the challenges of writing poetry about often painful world events, and how to find beauty, happiness and truth in the 'cesspools of experience' that follow. And Ryan sets out more of his 'poetry sparks', including how to write a blues poem.Listeners to The Line Break can also join the The Line Break group on CAMPUS, the Poetry School’s free online community for poets. http://campus.poetryschool.comThis episode is produced by Culture Laser Productions http://www.culturelaser.com @culturelaser with thanks to the Scottish Poetry Library for their support.
Kwame Dawes presents Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems
Kwame Dawes is a literary man extraordinaire. Born in Ghana, raised in Jamaica, Nebraska-based Kwame Dawes reads from Duppy Conqueror and discuses poetry, the craft of writing, August Wilson, reggae, and much more. Dr. Kwame Dawes' literary work includes fiction, non fiction, plays, poetry, biography, and currently acting as editor of the literary journal Prairie Schooner. This event is co-sponsored by Kachemak Bay Campus’s Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference.