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Coming Home to Teach - Kwame Dawes for Three Events in Kingston

Kwame Dawes to hold master class, give Edward Baugh lecture and read in Kingston

Kwame Dawes is coming home to teach - at least for a few days. The supremely prolific Dawes will be holding a master class, giving a lecture and be one of the headliners at the 2018 Love Affair With Literature. As UWI celebrates its 70th year, it seems particularly fitting that the Department of Literatures in English would invite one of their former students to deliver the Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre. 

Titled ‘The African Poetry Fund: Transforming the Landscape of African Poetry’, Dawes will be sharing the work of the African Poetry Fund which has been publishing the work of significant African poets, uncovering new voices from the continent and awarding prizes. The Distinguished Edward Baugh Lecture has previously featured celebrated writers and academics exploring varying fields. Along with Professor Baugh who delivered the inaugural lecture, it has included Prof. Carolyn Cooper, Earl Lovelace, Prof  Helen Tiffin and Prof Glyne Griffith. 

Kwame Dawes and a pile of books - where's he literally taking on the weight of literatureThe master class, slated for Saturday March 3, at 10:00 am is dubbed ‘From Out Your Window to the Worl’: A Guide to Writing and the Literary Market and will allow Dawes to share his years of experience. Dawes has edited several anthologies, he is the associate poetry editor with Peepal Tree Press in the UK, the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and in January of this year was named a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Dawes is also one of the founders and the programming director for the Calabash International Literary Festival

And of course, he also writes ... a lot. 

Along with publishing 17 volumes of poetry, the latest of which is City of Bones, Dawes’ staggering credits also include two novels Bivouac (2009) and She’s Gone (2007) winner of the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Best First Novel. Dawes accolades in poetry have included the Forward Prize for Best for Collection for Progeny of Air (1994) while his 2013 collection Duppy Conqueror was shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award. Dawes has also been a playwright, actor and musician. 

Love Affair With Literature is the Department’s premiere event and will take place on Sunday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m. Dawes will share the morning’s stage with Professor Edward Baugh, Barbara Lala, Lesley-Ann Wanliss and current Writer-in-Residence Curdella Forbes. Love Affair With Literature is also the starting event for the 2018 Kingston Book Festival which continues through to Sunday, March 11, when it will culminate with the Kingston Book Fair at Hope Gardens.