Kwame Dawes

Chancellor's Professor of English & Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner's Profile Image
Chancellor's Professor of English & Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner (402) 472-1812 137 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
African American Literature (4/845K)
Intro to African Literature (244A)
African-Caribbean Literature (344D)
Writing of Poetry (853)
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