Dawes, Kwame

About Kwame Dawes

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Biography (Poetry International Archives)



Rumens, Carol. "Poem of the Week: 'Akwaba' by Kwame Dawes." The Guardian, 17 Aug. 2020

Lamia, Zaibi. "City of Bones: A Testament." World Literature Today, vol. 91, no. 5, 2017

Robert, Flemming. "She's Gone." Black Issues Book Review, vol. 9, no. 3, 2007



Lee, Rossi. "An Interview with Kwame Dawes." Chattahoochee Review, vol. 33, no. 1, 2013

Laux, Dorianne, and Joseph Miller. "An Interview with Kwame Dawes." American Poetry Review, vol. 41, no. 1, 2012

Ross, Sassy. "The Art of Collaboration: An Interview with Kwame Dawes." Calabash, vol. 5, no. 1, 2008

Walter P., Collins. "Kwame Dawes: An Interview with Walter P. Collins, III." Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, vol. 8, no. 2, 2007



Rutenberg, Brian. "The Body". Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 91, no. 1, 2015




Hold Me to an Island: Caribbean Place: An Anthology of Writing (2012)

Bivouac (2010)

She's Gone (2007)

A Place to Hide and Other Stories (2002)


Poetry Collections

City of Bones (2017)

Speaking From Here to There: A Cycle of Poems (2016)

Wheels (2011)

Back of Mount Peace (2009)

Hope's Hospice (2009)

Gomer's Song (2007)

Impossible Flying (2007)

I Saw Your Face (2005)

Bruised Totems (2004)

New and Selected Poems (2003)

Midland (2001)

Mapmaker (2000)

Shook Foil (1998)

Requiem (1996)

Resisting the Anomie (1995)

Prophets (1995)

Progeny of Air (1994)



One Love (2001)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"Deaf Resistance." Literary Imagination, vol. 20, no. 2, 2018

A Far Cry From Plymouth: A Personal Narrative  (2007)

Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius (2002)

Talk Yuh Talk: Interviews with Anglophone Caribbean Poets (2001)

Natural Mysticism: Towards a New Reggae Aesthetic (1999)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Kwame Dawes Reads his Poem 'In This Say'. YouTube, 13 Dec. 2019

Kwame Dawes Reads his Poem 'Tornado Child'. YouTube, 22 Mar. 2011 

Kwame Dawes Presents his Poem 'New Day'. YouTube, 23 Jan. 2009