Brathwaite, Kamau

About Kamau Brathwaite

Biography (Poetry International Archives)

Whittle, Janice. "Kamau Brathwaite at Eighty-One: A Perspective." Scritture Migranti, vol. 11, 2011



Burgos Matos, Wilfredo J. "Offerings to Eternity, Longing of Remembrance." sx salon 27, Feb. 2018

Taffa, Deborah. "Trench Town Rock by Kamau Brathwaite." Pank, 14 Dec. 2017

Dawes, Kwame. "Against Ignorance." Caribbean Review of Books, vol. 14, 2007



Salaam, Kalamu ya. "Interview." WordUp, 19 May 2012

Adisa, Opal Palmer. "Walking on Water: A Conversation With Kamau Brathwaite." Caribbean Writer, vol. 23, 2009

McSweeney, Joyelle. "Poetics, Revelations, and Catastrophes: An Interview with Kamau Brathwaite." Rain Taxi, 2005

Burrowes, Marcia P. A. "Golokwati Conversations: An Interview with Kamau Brathwaite." World Literature Written in English, vol. 39, no. 1, 2001



Josephs, Kelly Baker. "After the Collaboration: The Kamau Brathwaite Bibliography." Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 65, no. 3, 2019

Campbell, Alexandra. "Atlantic Exchanges: The Poetics of Dispersal and Disposal in Scottish and Caribbean Seas." Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 55, no. 2, 2019

Gargaillo, Florian. "Kamau Brathwaite's Rhythms of Migration." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 53, no. 1, 2018

Hyland, John. "Disrupting the Lines: Tuning in to Edward Kamau Brathwaite's 'Word Making Man'." South Atlantic Review, vol. 82, no. 4, 2017

Murdoch, H. Adlai. "Créolité, Creolization, and Contemporary Caribbean Culture." Small Axe, no. 52, 2017

Schenstead-Harris, Leif. "Between 'Home' and Migritude: Louise Bennett, Kamau Brathwaite and the Poet as Migrant." Crossings, vol. 8, no. 2, 2017

Mills, Bronwyn. "Image-i-nation: Africa/nation, Identity, and the Nation(s) Within." Postcolonial Gateways and Walls: Under Construction, Tunca and Wilson (eds.), 2016

Bloomfield, Mandy. Archaeopoetics: Word, Image, History, 2016

Donnell, Alison. "'The African Presence in Caribbean Literature' Revisited: Recovering the Politics of Imagined Co-Belonging 1930-2005." Research in African Literatures, vol. 46, no. 4, 2015

Goddard, Horace l. "These Two Worlds: Brathwaite's Search for Cultural and Historical Wholeness." Kola, vol. 27, no. 1, 2015

Döring, Tobias. "Caribbean Beachcombers." The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Kluwick and Richter (eds.), 2015

Parris, LaRose. Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature, 2015

Reed, Anthony. Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing, 2014

Chase, Randolph. "Folk Protest in the Poetry of Derek Walcott, E. K. Braithwaite and Claude McKay." Kola, vol. 26, no. 1, 2014

Scott David. "On the Question of Caribbean Studies." Small Axe, vol. 17, no. 2, 2013

Otto, Melanie. "A Portrait of the Artist: Sam Selvon in the Work of Cyril Dabydeen and Kamau Brathwaite." Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 20, no. 2, 2012

Savory, Elaine. "Re-Thinking the Critical Location of Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott." Africa in the World and the World in Africa: Essays in Honor of Abiola, Jeyifo (ed.), 2011

Collett, Anne. "Ritual Masking and Performed Intimacy: The Complex 'I' of Edward Kamau Brathwaite's Life Poem." Life Writing, vol. 6, no. 1, 2009

Savory, Elaine. "Visiting the Threshing Floor." Caribbean Writer, vol. 21, 2007

Goff, Barbara and Michael Simpson. Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora, 2007

Kortenaar, Neil Ten. "New World Modernisms: T. S. Eliot, Derek Walcott, and Kamau Brathwaite." Research in African Literatures, vol. 37, no. 1, 2006

Otto, Melanie. "The Other Side of the Mirror: Utopian and Heterotopian Space in Kamau Brathwaite's DreamStories." Utopian Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, 2005

Dalleo, Raphael. "Another 'Our America': Rooting a Caribbean Aesthetic in the Work of José Martí, Kamau Brathwaite and Edouard Glissant." Anthurium, vol. 2, no. 2, 2004

Busia, Abena P. A. "Fashioning a Self in the Contemporary World: Notes toward a Personal Meditation on Memory, History, and the Aesthetics of Origin." African Arts, vol. 37, no. 1, 2004

Collins, Loretta. "From the 'Crossroads of Space' to the (Dis)Koumforts of Home: Radio and the Poet as Transmuter of the Word in Kamau Brathwaite's Meridian and Ancestors." Anthurium, vol. 1, no. 1, 2003

Bobb, June D. "Kamau Brathwaite's Magical Realism and the Transformation of the World." Caribbean Writer, vol. 17, 2003

Thieme, John. "Caliban's New Masters: Creolizing Archetypes in Kamau Brathwaite's Arrivants Trilogy." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Special Issue 5, 2003

Ngugi wa Thiong'o. "Kamau Brathwaite: The Voice of African Presence." Twayne Companion to Contemporary World Literature: From the Editors of World Literature Today, Genova (ed.), 2003

Reichardt, Ulfried. "Diaspora Studies and the Culture of the African Diaspora: The Poetry of Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite and Linton Kwesi Johnson." Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments, Fludernik (ed.), 2003

Paquet, Sandra Pouchet. Caribbean Autobiography: Cultural Identity and Self-Representation. 2002

Collier, Gordon. "Dancing to My Father: Alterity and Identity in Cross-Cultural Experience." Crabtracks: Progress and Process in Teaching the New Literatures in English, Collier and Schulze-Engler (eds.), 2002

Thieme, John. Postcolonial Con-Texts: Writing Back to the Canon, 2001

Fenwick, Mac. "A Vision of Unity: Brathwaite, NgugiRushdie and the Quest for Authenticity." Postcolonizing the Commonwealth: Studies in Literature and Culture, Smith (ed.), 2000

McMorris, Mark. "Provincial Subjects in the Classical Labyrinth: The Challenge to Tradition in Brathwaite's X/Self." Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, 1999

Larrier, Renée. "'Minefield(s) of Unmemory': The New Poetry of Kamau Brathwaite." Migrating Words and Worlds: Pan-Africanism Updated, 1999

Wilson-Tagoe, Nana. "African Continuities and Caribbean Definitions in Caribbean Literature: The Literary Explorations of HarrisLamming and Brathwaite." The Growth of African Literature: Twenty-Five Years after Dakar and Fourah Bay, Makvard et at. (eds.), 1998

Torres-Saillant, Silvio. "The Trials of Authenticity of Kamau Brathwaite." World Literature Today, vol. 68, no. 4, 1994



Poetry Collections

Liviticus (2017)

Ellegguas (2010)

Slow Horses (2005)

Ancestor (2001)

Trench Town Rock (1994)

DreamStories (1994)

Middle Passages (1992)

Black + Blues (1976)

The Arrivants: The New World Trilogy (1973)

Islands (1969)

Masks (1968)

Rights of Passage (1967)



Odale's Choice (1967)

Four Plays for Primary Schools (1964)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"Darwin Drew Dramstorie." Caribbean Writer, vol. 29, 2015

"The Slave Ship Beloved." Hambone, no. 20, 2012

"Bella Donna." Small Axe, vol. 15, no. 2, 2011

"diVination." Hambone, no. 19, 2009

"I Am Encentering the Amen New." The Nation, vol. 288, no. 23, 15 Jun. 2009

"My Funny Valentine." Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction, Hopkinson (ed.), 2000

Jah Music (1986)

Roots: Essay (1986)

History of the Voice: The Development of Nation Language in Anglophone Caribbean Poetry (1986)

The Colonial Encounter (1984)

Gods of the Middle Passage (1982)

Barbados Poetry: A Checklist: Slavery to the Present (1979)

"Our Ancestral Heritage". A Bibliography of the Roots of Culture in the English-speaking Caribbean, 1976


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Brathwaite Reads "Calypso". YouTube, 5 Sep. 2011

Poet Kamau Brathwaite Reads from Born to Slow HorsesYouTube, 10 Nov. 2006

Barbadian Poet Brathwaite Talks about his Poetry. YouTube, 6. Dec. 1996