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For all readings and events contact

Anya Becklund
Booking Agent
 Phone: 845-677-8559 (Office)
Phone: 619-944-9247 (Cell)

For Interviews contact

Kwame Dawes


Selected Interviews and Reviews

Voices of Haiti interview with Miami Herald News

2015 Innovations in Reading Prize Interview.” National Book Foundation. August 3, 2015.

Terri Kirby Erickson, Kwame Dawes, and Ken Ilgunas: Kwame Dawes.” 5 WFDD: Public Radio for the Piedmont. July 4, 2014. Web.

Handal, Nathalie. “The City and the Writer: In Kingston, Jamaica with Kwame Dawes.” Words Without Borders. November 26, 2013. Web.

Legro, Tom. “Death of Kofi Awoonor in Nairobi Attack Is ‘Great Loss’ for Ghana and Poetry.” PBS NewsHour. September 25, 2013. Web.

Ahlström, Hans. “Interview with visiting award winning poet Kwame Dawes.” WNMU-FM: Public Radio 90. March 28, 2013. Web.

Laux, Dorianne and Joseph Millar. “An Interview with Kwame Dawes.” American Poetry Review 1 (January/February 2012): 25. Web.

Sagastume, Patricia. “A Poetic Journey After The Quake: HIV/AIDs In Haiti.” WLRN: Miami/South Florida. January 15, 2013. Web.

Lord, Richard. “Q&A with Kwame Dawes.” South China Morning Post. November 11, 2012. Web.

Jaynes, Jenna. “Interview: Prairie Schooner Magazine editor-in-chief, Dr. Kwame Dawes.” December 4, 2012. Web.

Langs, Sarah. “Ghanian poet Kwame Dawes discusses newly-established African Poetry Book Series.” NY Daily News. 20 July 2012. Web.


When ‘They’ Becomes  “Me” Responsibility and Action in Literary Activism: The Case of the African Poetry Book Fund. Nebraska Lectures. November 12th, 2016

Wisteria “Tornado Child”   PBS Poetry Everywhere  online at

New Day-  on the Inauguration of President Barak Obama

Natural Mysticism: Reggae and Caribbean poetics. A lecture by Professor Kwame Dawes.
The 2015 Warton Lecture on English Poetry was held on April 23 at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Carlton House Terrace.

Poet Kwame Dawes Takes On HIV/AIDS in Jamaica
Kwame Dawes teamed up with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to create a multimedia Web site called “HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica.” The interactive site pairs his poetry with music, essays and video from people living with the disease and their caretakers.

Social Change Through Poetry. Knox College.
Kwame Dawes, an author and artist whose credits include an Emmy Award-winning documentary and a book on reggae legend Bob Marley, discussed poetry and social change while visiting Knox College as the 2011 Honnold Lecturer. Dawes received an honorary degree from Knox College in 2010.