Kwame Dawes

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Chancellor's Professor of English & Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner
(402) 472-1812
137 Andrews Hall

Office Hours

Tuesday,  Thursday,  10:00 am-12:00 pm
215 Andrews Hall


University of New Brunswick, PhD

Areas of Specialty

Post-Colonial Literature and Theory

African American Literature

Caribbean Literature

African Literature

Reggae Aesthetics



Courses Regularly Taught
Post-colonial literature and theory
Books - Poetry

Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems – Copper Canyon Press, 2013

Wheels – Peepal Tree Press, 2011

Back of Mt. Peace – Peepal Tree Press, 2009

Hope’s Hospice – Peepal Tree Press, 2009

Gomer’s Song – Akashic Books, 2007

Impossible Flying – Peepal Tree Press, 2007

Brimming – Stepping Stone Press, 2006 (chapbook)

Wisteria: Twilight Song from the Swamp Country – Red Hen Press, 2005

I Saw Your Face – Dial Books, 2005

Bruised Totems – Parallel Press, 2004

New and Selected Poems – Peepal Tree Press, 2003

Midland –Ohio University Press, 2001

Mapmaker – Smith Doorstep Press, 2000 (chapbook)

Shook Foil – Peepal Tree Press, 1998

Requiem – Peepal Tree Press, 1996

Jacko Jacobus – Peepal Tree Press, 1996

Prophets – Peepal Tree Press, 1995

Resisting the Anomie – Goose Lane Editions, 1995

Progeny of Air – Peepal Tree Press , 1994

Edited Anthologies

Seeking: South Carolina Poets Responding to the Art of Jonathan Green (co-editor with Marjory Wentworth) – University of South Carolina Press, 2012 (forthcoming)

Jubilation: An Anthology of Poetry Celebrating Fifty Years of Jamaican Independence – Peepal Tree Press, 2012 (forthcoming)

Hold Me to an Island: Caribbean Place: An Anthology of Writing (co-editor with Jeremy Poynting) – Peepal Tree Press, 2012 (forthcoming)

A Bloom of Stones: A Multilingual Anthology of Haitian Poetry Written After the Quake –  Peepal Tree Press, 2012 (forthcoming)

Seven Strong: A South Carolina Poetry Book Prize Reader 2006-2012 – University of South Carolina Press, 2012 (forthcoming)

Home Is Where: An Anthology of African American Poetry from the Carolinas – Hub City Press, 2011 (forthcoming)

So Much Things to Say: 100 Poets from the First Ten Years of the Calabash International Literary Festival (co-editor with Colin Channer) – Akashic Books, 2010

Red: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetry – Peepal Tree Press, 2010

Twenty: South Carolina Poetry Fellows – Hub City Press, 2005

Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poems – Peepal Tree Press, 2000

Books - Fiction

Bivouac – Peepal Tree Press, 2010

She’s Gone – Akashic Books, 2007

A Place to Hide and Other Stories – Peepal Tree Press, 2002

Books - Nonfiction

A Far Cry From Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative – Peepal Tree Press, 2007

Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius – Sanctuary Books and Bob Cat Books, 2003

Talk Yuh Talk: Interviews with Anglophone Caribbean Poets – University of Virginia Press,

Natural Mysticism: Towards a New Reggae Aesthetic – Peepal Tree Press, 2005

Books - Plays
Kwame Dawes has seen produced twenty six of his plays.

One Love – Methuen, 2001

Awards and Honors

Emmy Award – New Approaches to News and Documentary, 2009

South Carolina Academy of Authors – Inductee, 2009

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award – Best Debut Fiction, 2008

Silver Musgrave Medal for Literature, 2004

Pushcart Prize – Winner for the poem “Inheritance,” 2001

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize – for Midland, 2001

Hugh T. Stoddard, Sr. Award – for Distinguished Service as a Faculty Member, 1994