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Respect Due

Respect Due: Symposium on the Work of Kwame Dawes   The  inaugural Poetry International symposium on the work of a major poet. Three weekly installments of essays—by peers, elders, students, collaborators, colleagues, friends, observers and witnesses of Kwame Dawes—attentively engage with his work to inform us of the nuances of his significance while…(Read More)

New Books 2016-17

   City of Bones Northwestern University Press, US, 2017 A Bloom of Stones: A Tri-lingual Anthology of Haitian Poems Written After the Earthquake, editor. Peepal Tree Press.2016 Vuelo: Poemas Seleccionadas (trans. Gustavo Osorio) Valaparaiso Ediciones. Mexico, 2016 One Love and Other Plays Peepal Tree Press. 2017 Speak from Here to There: Poems…(Read More)

Memos to Poets: a tweet a day

MEMOS TO POETS: a tweet a day #1 Banned: The metaphorical heart. “Heartburn” is allowed, however. “Heartache” too, only if a coronary is involved. #2 The moon is always “distant”.  It’s not like we are going to forget. #3 Why not just call them “line-fractures” or “fractured lines” if that’s really what…(Read More)


“A dynamic series of performances based on Kwame’s poetry that have proven to be some of the most compelling and challenging presentations of poetry being performed today.“ Live Love Hope An hour long multimedia performance poetry and music that explores the lives of people living with HIV AIDS in Jamaica The  Hope: Living and…(Read More)

The African Poetry Book Fund Kwame is the founder of the The African Poetry Book Fund. This fund promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share…(Read More)

Calabash International Literary Festival The Calabash International Literary Festival was founded in 2001 by three Jamaicans the novelist Colin Channer, the poet Kwame Dawes and the producer Justine Henzell. Their aim was simple—to create a world-class literary festival with roots in Jamaica and branches reaching out into the wider world. A three-day…(Read More)

BIOGRAPHY Kwame Dawes is the author of twenty books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. In 2016 his book, Speak from Here to There, a co-written collection of verse with Australian poet John Kinsella appeared.  His most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern University Press) will appear…(Read More)