Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes is the author of 21 books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. His most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern University Press), appeared in 2017. In 2019, a new edition of his 1995 epic, Prophets, was released by Peepal Tree. Also, in 2019, his novel Bivouac was published in the US by Akashic Books. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. He teaches in the Pacific MFA Program. He is Series Editor of the African Poetry Book Series, Director of the African Poetry Book Fund, and Artistic Director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. In 2018, Dawes was elected a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets and named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2019, Dawes was the winner of the prestigious Windham/Campbell Award for Poetry.