Kwame Dawes with Chris Abani


photo of Kwame Dawes with Chris Abani
Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. Born in Ghana in 1962, Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by...

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photo of Kwame Dawes with Chris Abani
Chris Abani

Chris Abani was imprisoned by the Nigerian regime for his writings when he was a teenager. Over two decades later, he has transcended his adversity with creativity—by finding redemption and...

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About this Event

Kwame Dawes: Wisteria (book cover)

The house of the dead woman
flew half mast for two weeks;
shades all down and black,
the flowers drooping obediently,
and Jasmine the faithful domestic
would walk the slow drill of mourning,
burdened, her eyes carrying grief and loss
along the oak-lined avenue.

- From the poem “Good Help” in Wisteria: Twilight Poems from the Swamp Country

Photos from this event are available on Flickr.


Audio from this Event

Kwame Dawes reading from his work, then joining in conversation with Chris Abani | Duration: 1:33:13

Video from this Event

Kwame Dawes reading from his work, introduction by Chris Abani

Kwame Dawes in conversation with Chris Abani


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