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Jamaican poet Kwame Dawes will present Ida Beam lecture Oct. 14

October 10th, 2013
Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes

Join the Caribbean Diaspora & Atlantic Studies Program for a conversation with Kwame Dawes Monday October 14, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:20 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall.

Dawes will be talking about contemporary trends in Caribbean theater, the Rastafari movement, how popular culture can be significant for serious scholarship, and how his poetry intertwines with other forms of art such as music, painting, theatre.

Ghanaian-born Jamaican poet Kwame Dawes is the award-winning author of sixteen books of poetry (most recently, Wheels, 2011) and numerous books of fiction, non-fiction, criticism, and drama. He is the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, and a Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. Dawes also teaches in the Pacific MFA writing program and is series editor of the African Poetry Book Fund, which is set to publish Kofi Awoonor’s latest collection, Promises of Hope: New and Selected Poems, in 2014. Dawes’ book Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems will be published by Copper Canyon in 2013.

Dawes, a former resident of the International Writing Program, was recently named the second recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. He visits the University of Iowa as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

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